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Salamonie River State Forest
SALAMONIE RIVER STATE FOREST
SALAMONIE RIVER STATE FOREST

Reservations: 260-468-2125
Salamonie River State Forest
'getting a drink'

Salamonie River State Forest
'postcard perfect'

Salamonie River State Forest
'beautiful weeds'

Salamonie River State Forest
'thirsty'

Salamonie River State Forest
'A short ride by the road'

Salamonie River State Forest
'Salamonie River'

Tranquility

Salamonie River State Forest
'Stay on the trail'

A huge drop off to the River.

Salamonie River State Forest
'Fireside'
© Courtesy of Stephanie McMillan-Fort Wayne, IN

Salamonie River State Forest
'Hes 65...things to climb'
© Courtesy of Stephanie McMillan-Fort Wayne, IN

Salamonie River State Forest
'View from the top'
© Courtesy of Stephanie McMillan-Fort Wayne, IN

Salamonie River State Forest
'View from the falls'
© Courtesy of Stephanie McMillan-Fort Wayne, IN

Salamonie River State Forest
'View from the Dam'
© Courtesy of Stephanie McMillan-Fort Wayne, IN

Salamonie River State Forest
'Sunshine'
© Courtesy of Stephanie McMillan-Fort Wayne, IN

Salamonie River State Forest
'Waterfalls'
© Courtesy of Stephanie McMillan-Fort Wayne, IN

Salamonie River State Forest
'Streams'
© Courtesy of Stephanie McMillan-Fort Wayne, IN

Salamonie River State Forest
'Natures Beauty'
© Courtesy of Stephanie McMillan-Fort Wayne, IN

Salamonie River State Forest
'Strange Part 2'
© Courtesy of Stephanie McMillan-Fort Wayne, IN

Salamonie River State Forest
'Nature can be strange...'
© Courtesy of Stephanie McMillan-Fort Wayne, IN

Salamonie River State Forest
'Breath-Taking Views'
© Courtesy of Stephanie McMillan-Fort Wayne, IN

Salamonie River State Forest
'Endless Trails'
© Courtesy of Stephanie McMillan-Fort Wayne, IN

Salamonie River State Forest
'Hedge Apple'

Beautiful Hedge Apple Near Beach.

Salamonie River State Forest
'Red Berries'

Red Berries found while walking.

The name Salamonie was derived from the Native American word "O-sah-mo-nee," which means "yellowpaint." Native Americans made yellow paint from the bloodroot plant which grew in great abundancealong the winding banks of the river. Salamonie River State Forest was created as a demonstration riverside forest for the reclamation oferoded land. The state forest was established in the mid 1930's when local people assisted the state inpurchasing the hilly land and bluffs along the Salamonie River. Most of the land's topsoil was erodedaway, making reclamation of the area a major challenge. To deal with this challenge, a 200-memberCivilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp was created. The CCC designed and planned the forest andrecreation facilities and opened a stone quarry. Several hundred acres of land were reforested and manyrecreation facilities were built, including Hominy Ridge Lake and the large stone shelter house that standsnear the lake. Today the forest encompasses 850 acres and offers many recreational opportunities to itsvisitors.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres850
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles9
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Shelters, #1
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bike Trailsyes
 Bridle Trailsyes
BoatingBoating Limits-1
 Launch Rampsyes
CampingPrimative, #32
 Electric Sitesyes
 Horsemen Campsites, #15
AccommodationsGolf Courseyes
Camping
Salamonie River State Forest offers 2 primitive(class C) campgrounds: family campground with 32campsites, and a horseman's camp with 15 sites. Campsites are available on a first come, first servebasis. Please self-register for camping at the campground entrance. Pit toilets and drinking water areavailable near sites.
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Picnicking
Close to Hominy Ridge Lake is a spacious shelterhouse which contains deep ovens and two fireplaces.Picnic tables are scattered throughout the area and a playground is also provided.
Trails
Hiking:

Hikers and horseback riders are advised to wear hunter orange or other bright clothing while on trails during hunting season.

Horse Trails Main Access Provides riders from outside the forest access to the trail system. A short trail with easy riding on mostlylevel terrain.

Wood DuckSeasonal trail, open from Memorial Day weekend through the end of October. It is closed during the restof the year due to wet trail conditions and hunting season. A flat area, with easy riding through stands ofpines. In late spring and early summer, riders may see or hear wood ducks in this area.

Riverview/BoundaryThis winding trail varies in topography as it meanders in and out of ravines and overlooks along theSalamonie River. It is moderately difficult to ride with some rugged areas that are more challenging.

Waterfall A moderately difficult trail that wanders in and out of ravines and provides views of two rocky gorges withwaterfalls.

Boundary/ReservoirThis easy trail provides access to the Salamonie Reservoir Bridle Trail. Maps of this trail are available inthe self-registration station in the Horseman's Camp and at the state forest and reservoir offices.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 30 Horse Trails
I use to go here as a young girl with my family and our horses. I loved riding my horse through the beautiful trails. I really enjoyed going when the leaves were just starting to change color.
July 25 ok for short visit
stopped off here on x country trip. good sites for such a cheap rate. other campers respectful.
June 14 love the waterfalls by vickie fisher
1st time visiting park and we just loved it, plan to camp there sometime soon.
January 25 Waterfalls
I like the waterfalls, although I have not seen all of them yet. Also know that Kissing Falls is near but not in the state park. Maps directing people to all of the falls are not great.
May 19 Tradition by Stephanie, Fort Wayne, IN
My husband and I started hiking near the dam in the Fall of 2006. We have every year since, and plan to make it a family tradition. We always go in the fall, but this year we are going to try our first camping experience in the forest. We are very excited, the scenery is simply breath-taking!!!
April 22 A favorite for all ages by Hailey
I take my sons here numerous times every year. No matter what you like to do they have it all. Wether you prefer marked or unmarked trails, horse back or fishing. The wildlife is abundant and the views are breath taking.
February 16 Horse riding at its best by Rhonda
We have traveled with our horses to three states and find the Salamonie a hard place to beat. Wonderful and beautiful, challenging, great camping and relaxing with the kids and horses.
June 12 Camp here every year... by MissyDawn


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Quality Inn Suites - Columbia City, INHotels/Motels
We provide easy access to area attractions and businesses. Only minutes from the Fort Wayne International Airport, Chain O' Lakes State Park and the Wagon Wheel Theatre. Children of all ages will enjoy having fun at nearby Paige's Crossing family entertainment park. Free wireless high-speed Internet.
Web Site: choicehotels.com/hotel/in294
26.7 miles from park*
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