Clark State Forest 'Fire Tower' © Michael E. Ruby
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Clark State Forest
Clark State Forest
'Fire Tower'
© Michael E. Ruby

Looking up at the 100 foot tall fire tower

Clark State Forest
'Watching You'
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Clark State Forest
© Michael E. Ruby

A slow drive through the forest with the sunlight filtering through the trees

Clark State Forest
'Looking out'
© Michael E. Ruby

Looking out of the fire tower at the fall colors

Clark State Forest, established in 1903, is the oldest state forest in Indiana. The original appropriations to purchase a 2,000 acre tract took place during the administration of Governor Winfield Durbin. In the ensuing 96 years, additional acquisitions have increased this area to the present 24,000 acres. Much of this land was originally part of Clark's Grant, lands provided by a clause in the Virginia Cession of Claims to the Northwest Territory on December 20, 1783.

GeneralLand, acres24000
 Hiking Trailyes
 Picnic Shelters, #8
 Mountain Bike Trails, miles5
 Bridle Trails, miles100
BoatingBoating Limits-1
 Launch Rampsyes
CampingPrimative, #45
 Horsemen Campsites, #26
Primitive(class C) camping is available for a fee. Self check-in stations are located at the entrance to each campground. Sites have pit toilets and seasonal drinking water available. There is a picnic table and grill located on each of the campground's 45 sites. The Horseman's Campground offers 26 Class C sites for those visitors who are camping with horses. A dump station is available.
Boats and RVs
Central Marine - Shoals, INBoat Rentals
A store that caters to all of your boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure needs. We offer canoe and kayak rentals for one and two day trips on the White River. New G3 brand jon boats as well as a used inventory. NEW White River Cabin on a peaceful river bank setting.
47.1 miles from park*

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Several picnic areas and 8 picnic shelters are available for day use. Picnic areas, with picnic tables and grills, are located throughout the forest. The property also includes seven playgrounds, two baseball fields, tennis court, basketball court, firetower and public gun range.
Hiking Trails:

White Oak Nature Trail - 0.9 mile loop, self-guiding

Resource Trail - 1 mile, self-guiding

Knobstone Trail - 59 miles (backcountry) 32 miles in Clark State Forest 27 miles in Elk Creek and Jackson-Washington State Forest.

Hiking is also permitted on the entire property including firetrails and horse trails. Hikers and horseback riders are advised to wear hunter orange or other bright clothing while on trails during hunting season.

Horse Trails:

Approximately 100 miles of marked trails and six day ride parking areas.Horseback riding is permitted only on designated bridle trails. All horses brought,driven or ridden onto Clark State Forest must have a valid annual horse use tag.

Wildlife Loop (blue trail marker) - 3.5 miles

Easy. Area has wide trails enhanced by wildlife openings and ponds.

Shaw Lake Loop (green trail marker) - 5.5 miles

Moderately Rugged. Very scenic trail bordering Shaw Lake . High vistas withtwo steep areas.

Horse Camp Loop (blue trail marker) - 5 miles

Moderate. Good scenery. Trail crosses one creek, goes by several vistas,switches back and cuts around camel backs.

Beginner Loop (orange trail marker) - 3 miles

Easy. Wider trails built for beginning horses and riders.

Wilcox Valley Trail (yellow trail marker) - 0.5 mile

Moderately Rugged. Scenic with large trees and winding creeks. Wet in spring.

Bowen Loop (blue & yellow trail marker) - 7 miles

Moderate. Upland trees include chestnut oak and pine; several vistas.

Deam Trail (red trail marker) - 20 miles

Moderately Rugged. Day-long ride with all types of scenery and wildlife. Ends atday ride area on Flower Gap Trail.

Mountain Grove Trail(green trail marker) - 4.9 miles

Moderately Rugged. Trails are wider due to wildlife habitat enhancement work,wildlife food plots and ponds. Some creeks, hills and hardwood trees.

Dry Fork Loop (orange trail marker) - 12 miles

Rugged. Very primitive area with two ever-changing creek crossings. Large treesand steep valleys, creeks and knobs. This trail is one of the most scenic, and hastwo crossover shortcuts (green & yellow).

Trail Difficulty Ratings:

Easy- A wide trail, often short in length and free of obstacles, located near dayuse areas, horse camp facilities and recreation areas where heavy use isexpected. Moderate- A wide, longer trail of moderate grade, traversing varyingtopography and free of obstacles. Moderately Rugged- For the more experienced horse and rider. Trail widthmay vary from 4-6 feet and may accommodate both double and single file riding.Steeper grades, varying topography and changes in trail surface will beencountered. Rugged- Rugged trails are designed for single file riding over extremely steepgrades, dramatic topography, native rock and frequently changing trail surfaces.Obstacles such as rock ledges, fallen trees and creek crossings may beencountered.

Mountain Bike Trails:

Clark S.F./Deam Lake S.R.A. offers 5 miles of mountain bike trails. Mountainbikes are only permitted on those designated trails.
Things To Do in the Area
Central Marine - Shoals, INCanoeing
A store that caters to all of your boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure needs. We offer canoe and kayak rentals for one and two day trips on the White River. New G3 brand jon boats as well as a used inventory. NEW White River Cabin on a peaceful river bank setting.
Web Site:
47.1 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 30 what about the trail systems. by Chip Heath
I bought 4 bridle tags for myself and family,now I find out all of the trails are closed, someone decided they needed to close all of the trails after the March 2nd tornado. Most trails were not even affected. Do not forget DNR the tax payers own this park, we pay you to manage it not to close it. Wake up and do the right thing!!!
January 7 Re: Lady kicked by a horse by Redqueen
Becky is all healed; back at work.
July 21
Excellent horse camping facilities, blacktop drive and pad for the trailer, really nice stalls and the trail riding has lots of options beginner to rugged. Great trails! I will go back again.
May 30 Lady Kicked by Horse, Clark State Forest by Sommer
At Clark State Forest, in Henryville, Indiana, a lady named Becky was riding her mule on one of the horse trails, and was kicked by a horse, seriously injuring her leg. If anyone has any information about her status, please post a comment about it. Thank you.
April 2 Plenty of hiking, very nice park by Dragonfyre
5 Stars - Ok fishing, good hiking...
April 19

Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
White River Cabin Rental - Shoals, INCottages and Cabins
Enjoy the quiet atmosphere of a well appointed luxury 5 star cabin on the peaceful White River in scenic Martin County. Located directly on the rivers edge and surrounded with the serenity of natures hills. With the convenience of town located a mile away.
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47.1 miles from park*
Area Resources
Crawford County Tourism Bureau - Leavenworth, INTourism
Crawford County consists of over 306 square miles of beauty and outdoor recreation Caves, state parks, rugged terrain, acres of protected forests, nature preserves, and numerous waterways
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25.3 miles from park*
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