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Bridge over the dam for Knob Lake
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Jackson-Washington State Forest
JACKSON-WASHINGTON STATE FOREST
JACKSON-WASHINGTON STATE FOREST
Jackson-Washington State Forest
'Bridge'
© Michael E. Ruby rube101comcast.net

Bridge over the dam for Knob Lake

Jackson-Washington State Forest
'Dam'
© Michael E. Ruby rube101comcast.net

Overflow dam for Knob Lake

Jackson-Washington State Forest
'Vista'
© Copyright 2007 Michael R. Johnson

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View from a vista on Skyline Drive.

Jackson-Washington State Forest
'In the distance'
© Copyright 2007 Michael R. Johnson

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View from a vista on Skyline Drive.

Jackson-Washington State Forest
© Copyright Kurt Bauer

Jackson-Washington State Forest
'Knob Lake '
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Jackson-Washington State Forest
© Copyright Kurt Bauer

Jackson-Washington State Forest

Jackson-Washington State Forest
'Knob lake'
© Michael E. Ruby rube101comcast.net

Looking toward the damn

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'At the bottom'
© Michael E. Ruby rube101comcast.net

Standing at the bottom of the dam for Knob Lake

Jackson-Washington State Forest
'Bridge'
© Michael E. Ruby rube101comcast.net

Bridge over the Knob Lake dam.

Jackson-Washington State Forest
'Sign'
© Michael E. Ruby rube101comcast.net

Entrance sigh

Jackson-Washington State Forest encompasses more than 16,500 acres in Jackson and Washingtoncounties in the heart of Indiana. This part of the state contains unique topography known as the "knobs"region, and affords scenic views from Skyline Drive and some breathtaking hiking trails. The main forestarea, including the forest office and campgrounds, is located 2.5 miles southeast of Brownstown on St.Rd. 250.

The majority of the land that now makes up the state forest was purchased by the state of Indiana in the1930s and 1950s. The Heritage Trust program, using funds from the sale of environmental license plates,has made possible the acquisition of additional state forest land.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres16500
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Shelters, #5
 Mountain Bike Trails, miles12.2
 Bridle Trails, miles13.9
BoatingBoating Limits-1
 Launch Ramps, #2
CampingPrimative, #62
 Youth Group Campyes
Camping
Primitive(class C) camping is available for a fee; campers must self-register for camping at the gatehouse. Campsites are available on a first come, first serve basis. Knob Lake Campground, located north of the forest office, has pit toilets and seasonal drinking water available. There is a picnic table and grill located on each of the campground's 62 sites. Campsite 11 and campsite 62 are wheelchair accessible sites. Firewood is available near the forest office.

A Youth Tent Campground is available for scouts or other groups. The Youth Camping area is located at the trailhead for Trail 3. Backcountry camping is available in the backcountry area and along the Knobstone Trail.
Boating
Boat ramps are located on Knob Lake and Spurgeon Hollow Lake; boat motors are limited to electrictrolling motors only. Plattsburg Pond and Potter Lake are walk-in lakes.
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.
41.7 miles from park*
Family RV Rentals - Whiteland, INMotor Home Campers
Whether you are vacationing with family, going to a race, or traveling for business, build some memories and travel by RV. We carry select RVs for sale on our lot. We can also do consignment sales and RV leasing. Our techs are certified on all RV systems. We work on RVs of any style, year, make or model.
48.7 miles from park*


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Picnicking
Several picnic areas and picnic shelters are available for day use. The Museum Shelterhouse is located justnorth of Knob Lake; the Pinnacle Shelterhouse is located in the campground; the CCC Shelterhouse islocated in the north playground; and the White Oak Shelterhouse is located next to the playgroundnortheast of the forest office. Skyline Shelterhouse, rebuilt by local volunteers after the originalshelterhouse was destroyed by arson, is located on Skyline Drive. Use of all shelterhouses is on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations are not accepted. There is no charge to use the shelterhouses.
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: Central-Marine.com
41.7 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
February 13 memories by morgan frazier
My family used to go camping here every summer. My dad would take us fishing and mom would cook. some if my fondest memories of my dad were made here.
October 29 Excellent Forest by Forest Hiker
This is an excellent actively managed State Forest. They provide recreation and sustainable timber harvesting at the same time.
July 12 Great place!
Excellent park, if you want to picnic get the Skyline shelter house, it has amazing views!
May 6 as good as it gets anywhere I have been by Russell Brewer
July 23 GREAT PLACE TO PICNIC! by Chris
I visited the Skyline Shelterhouse on July 19, 2009. I was in Brownstown visiting my grandkids and we went to the Park for a picnic. The view from up there was AMAZING! The roads in and out are very interesting to say the least.
September 4 A Family Tradition by Mark McCauley
This is one of our favorite places to go in the fall, and it has become quite a family tradition. We have been making this same trip for the past 20 years, and plan to keep doing so as long as we can. We typically visit around the middle of October, and take the route south of Indianapolis (I-65), to Seymour, and then west on Highway 50 to Brownstown. We always visit the Russell Stover outlet in Seymour (formerly in Brownstown), and then travel on to Brownstown. If you happen to be in Brownstown during normal work week hours, there is a Marian Kay Spice factory that might be a good place to visit (however we have never been there). Skyline Drive is probably our most loved site on the park property, but we also always drive down to Starve Hollow Lake and Knob Lake. There is a persimmon tree that grows next to Knob Lake, which we always have to collect a few specimens from each year. There is also a farm market we visit along what I think is called Lake Road. We usually have a picnic lunch in the shelter house on Skyline Drive, climb the fire tower, and then head back into Brownstown. Heading west on Highway 50, we drive the short distance to Highway 135, and then turn north to start the very scenic (and very winding) road to Nashville in Brown County. Along the route we pass through a very quaint little village called Story. There is an Inn/Restaurant there if you have the time, and a lot of spooky tales about the place (e.g. the Blue Lady). We end up in Nashville usually around sunset and walk the streets enjoying the sites, sounds and smells until the shops close. As I said before, this is our annual fall family tradition, and many precious memories have been made with our kids throughout the past 20 years. We have seen the Jackson-Washington Park property under all kinds of circumstances, and always find it worth while. As our kids are growing up and getting closer to starting their own families, we know they too will make this a tradition of their own families, as it has became such a special part of their own childhood memories. Thank you for all the work you do in keeping this property a place where families such as mine can continue to visit and enjoy for many years to come.


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.
Web Site: WhiteRiverCabinRental.com
41.7 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
Web Site: CrawfordCountyIndiana.com
43.9 miles from park*
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