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Indiana
Central Region
Morgan Monroe State Forest
MORGAN MONROE STATE FOREST
MORGAN MONROE STATE FOREST
Morgan-Monroe State Forest encompasses more than 24,000 acres in Morgan and Monroe counties insouth central Indiana. The forest land encompasses many steep ridges and valleys, and is forested withsome of the state's finest hardwoods.The original settlers of the area cleared and attempted to farm the ridges, but were frustrated by rocky soilunsuitable for agriculture. The state purchased the eroded, abandoned land to create Morgan-MonroeState Forest beginning in 1929.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres24000
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Shelters, #4
BoatingBoating Limits-1
 Launch Ramps, #2
CampingPrimative, #32
 Camper Cabins, #1
 Youth Group Campyes
Cabins
Draper Cabin is a primitive, wooden-floored log cabin that takes visitors 100 years back in time to thedays before electricity, vehicles and modern plumbing. Reservations for the cabin are accepted for anynight from the first weekend in April to the weekend before Thanksgiving. The cabin may be rented on aday by basis, depending on weather conditions, during the winter. Click here for rental information,reservation form, and a picture of the cabin.
Camping
Primitive camping is available for a fee; campers must register for camping at the forest office. MasonRidge Campground, located behind the fire tower north of the forest office, has vault toilets and seasonaldrinking water available. There is a picnic table and grill located on each of the campground's 21 sites. Onbusy weekends, overflow camping is available at Oak Ridge Campground. Oak Ridge has 11 sites andthe same facilities as Mason Ridge.Scout Ridge Youth Tent Campground is available for scouts or other groups . Sites in Scout RidgeCampground are larger than regular campground sites and there are several picnic tables and grillsavailable. Scout Ridge Nature Preserve is located in this area.
Boating
Boat ramps are located on Bryants Creek and Cherry Lakes; boat motors are limited to electric trolling motors only.
Boats and RVs
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.
21.9 miles from park*
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.
53.1 miles from park*


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Picnicking
Several picnic areas and picnic shelters are available for day use. Picnic shelters are located at Cherry Lake, Bryant Creek Lake and Scout Ridge Campground. The Walls Picnic Shelter with a large picnic area and playground is located at the junction of Forest Road and Beanblossom Road. Use of all shelterhouses is on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations are not accepted. There is no charge to use the picnic shelters. The picnic shelter at Beanblossom Lake is closed. Other picnic areas, with picnic tables and grills, are located throughout the forest.
Trails
Hiking Trails The following trails are near the Forest Office and Mason Ridge campground. Scout Ridge Nature Preserve Trail -1/2 mile Pathfinder Trail - 2/3 mile Tree Identification Trail - 2/3 mile Features numbered posts with tree species identified in a corresponding map available at the forest office.

More Hiking Trails

Rock Shelter Loop - 3 miles (moderate)Scenic trail. Departs from the Low Gap Trail parking area.

Mason Ridge Loop - 2.7 miles (moderate)Trail circles the main forest road. Pick up trail at the Orcutt Road parking area near the Forest Office, orat the Low Gap Trail trailhead.

Three Lakes Trail - 10 miles (rugged)Connects Cherry, Beanblossom and Bryants Creek Lakes. Trailheads are located at the south end ofCherry Lake and at Bryants Creek Lake shelter.

Low Gap Trail - 10 miles (rugged)Loops through the Back Country Area, east of Low Gap Road, where overnight backpack camping ispermitted. The trailhead is located along Forest Road just east of the turn for Beanblossom Road and theWall Picnic Shelter. Although there is no fee for camping, you must register at the forest office beforecamping in the Back Country Area. For a detailed map of the back country area, obtain aMorgan-Monroe State Forest trail map or purchase a topographical map of the Hindustan quad.
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
53.1 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 5 does anybody have mushrooms for sale? by roy cooper
any mushrooms for sale??
March 12 racoon bait by pc
for primitive camping and nature this is a great site. The fishing is very lame though I really think all three ponds have minimal fish that can fit on a hook. Primitive camping is great but watch out for the fat hungry racoon at sunset.
January 21 My Family Land
I am the great grandaughter of the woman you refer to as the lady in black all i ask is to respect our family cemetary, dont bring your own wood, and dont destroy our property......
April 11 got a little lost
to me the trails were not very well marked, it seemed there was only one symbol for every trail i was on. in the end it was an okay park decent scenery, and the detour only added a couple hours to the adventure
April 7 Best state forest ever! by Bill Method
Has everything,from the wonderful trails to the overnight camping in the Back Country Area.Even has its own haunted cemetery!
December 3 Beauty in the heart of Indiana by 3lakelover
We are so lucky to have this amazing forest so close to our home!The trails are well marked.Safe. Only wish we had cross country skiing trails in the Winter.
September 15
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June 22 by Thunderess
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Area Campgrounds

Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground
5163 SR 135 N
Bean Blossom, IN
812-988-6422


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
53.1 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
Web Site: CrawfordCountyIndiana.com
82.3 miles from park*
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