Hoosier National Forest Guide

The 202,814-acre Hoosier National Forest is a testimony to the stewardship taken up by the U.S. Forest Service and those residents living within the borders of the preserve. Located in southern Indiana's hills, the forest includes streams, lakes, and reservoirs filled with fish. Hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders share the more than 265 miles of trails that wander through the forest. Roads bisect much of the area serving several communities that have existed inside the forest for centuries. Visitors find evidence of other hamlets that sank into ruin after the lumber industry's loss, temporary human havens that now serve as wildlife habitats gradually dissolving into the land. Lying beside Bloomington, IN, the forest skirts the Ohio River along the southern border with Kentucky.

Where to Camp

Camping in Hoosier National Forest

With all the campgrounds and opportunities to boondock, using an RV to camp at Hoosier National Forest seems the best option. There are innumerable things to do and see inside and outside the forest's borders. Having an RV parked in a campground encourages you to visit other attractions the forest offers when you know you have a comfortable resting spot awaiting you. Find the right camper for your needs at RVshare.

RV Rentals Near Hoosier National Forest

Shape Hiking Trails

Hoosier National Forest Hiking Trails

Things to Do

Activities in Hoosier National Forest

Hoosier National Forest consists of a wide variety of terrain, flora, and wildlife. While most of the forest is covered by hardwoods and firs, a large section toward the south is covered by prairie grass, providing a Great Plains type of terrain to the region. The mix in the landscape brings various wildlife. Bald eagles, hawks, ground squirrels, deer, wild boars, bobcats, and other species share a relatively small land area. Guests from urban areas often gasp when confronted by the fact that they are the invaders of a natural wildlife habitat while simultaneously enjoying the sudden but brief return to nature.

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How to get to Hoosier National Forest

Address: 811 Constitution Avenue, Bedford, IN 47421

Fee: Entry fee $5.0

When a family rents an RV from RVshare, they introduce themselves to a whole new way to experience vacation spots like the Hoosier National Forest. With its varied terrain, incredibly diverse wildlife, and colorful flora, the forest allows a family to experience nature on many fronts. Those who vacation at Hoosier National Forest create memories that last a lifetime.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Hoosier National Forest

Can you kayak, canoe, or raft in Hoosier National Forest?

Yes, you can kayak, canoe, and raft in Hoosier National Forest. There are plenty of lakes and streams for kayaking and canoeing, and several bigger lakes for tubing on a raft.

Do you need a permit to fish or hunt in Hoosier National Forest?

Yes, you need a permit to hunt in Hoosier National Forest. If you are 18 or older, you need a fishing license to fish in Hoosier National Forest.

What is the best time to visit Hoosier National Forest?

The best time to visit Hoosier National Forest is in the late spring or summer. The weather is pleasant, and you can hike, paddle, fish, and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities during the summer months.

What type of wildlife lives in Hoosier National Forest?

Wildlife that lives in Hoosier National Forest includes white-tailed deer, foxes, woodchucks, and bears. A variety of birds and fish also call the forest home.

Is there a fee to get into Hoosier National Forest?

No, there is no fee to get into Hoosier National Forest. However, there may be fees or permits required to use certain day-use areas or for certain recreational activities.