upload your photos
Indiana
421

Indiana State Parks

USA Parks
Indiana
Southern Region
Pike State Forest
Cardinal © stateparks.com
Cardinal
Campfire and Hotdogs © stateparks.com
Roasting hot dogs over an open fire.
PIKE STATE FOREST
PIKE STATE FOREST
334 Lapperell Rd
Latham, Indiana   45646-9722
(lat:39.1097 lon:-83.2676)

Phone: (740) 493-2441
Pike State Forest was placed under the management of Ferdinand State Forest in July 1997. The PikeState Forest consists of 2,939 acres in southwestern Indiana. Acquisition of the land that makes up PikeState Forest began in the 1930s, and continued through the 1950s. Most of the buildings on the propertywere constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) using material cut from local timberstands.

Land acquisition for Pike State Forest began in 1924, with the objective of returning abused hill farms and fire-damaged timber lands to productive forests. Most of the reforestation work was completed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Division of Forestry. Pike State Forest now covers 12,084 acres in western Pike County and eastern Highland County. State ownership is broken up into 13 separate, irregular tracts, which make it difficult to manage for continuous recreational facilities, as well as the management and patrol of the forest resource.

The forest offers a wide range of outdoor recreational opportunities. Located off of State Route 124 is the Pike State Forest APV area. The facility has 10 miles of trail open to motorcycles and off road all-terrain vehicles. The trails wind through the hollows and ridge tops, offering the visitor a challenging ride as well as some beautiful scenery and breathtaking views. Parking, latrines, and a novice area are all provided on the site. Note: The AVP area is open from April 1 through November 30.

For the equestrian there are 33 miles of bridle trail located on the forest.

Hiking is available on the Buckeye Trail which runs through the forest. Hiking is also permitted on the 33 miles of bridle trails.

For those who want to stay on the beaten path, there are numerous county and township roads that pass through the forest.

Pike State Forest is open to public hunting and fishing in season. Fishing is available at several ponds located in the forest. Anderson Lake off of Dry Bone Road is a popular spot that offers quiet seclusion among the hills and trees.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres2,914
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Shelters, #1
 Bridle Trailsyes
CampingPrimative, #11
 Horsemen Campsites, #25
Camping
Primitive camping is available for a fee. Campsites are available on a first come, first serve basis. Self-registration is required. Pit toilets and seasonal drinking water are available. There is a picnic table and grill located on each site. Eleven sites are available in the family camping area and 25 sites are located in the Horseman's Campground.
Nearby Accommodations
Murphin Ridge Inn - West Union, OH
Cottages and Cabins
Situated on 142 acres of rolling woodland and farmland with breath-taking vistas of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Murphin Ridge Inn is the ideal spot for a romantic getaway, family vacation or business retreat.
19.5 miles from park*
Rocky Fork Lake Cottages - Hillsboro, OH
Cottages and Cabins
Lake Front but not lake view. This cottage is situated on 3 Acres, mostly wooded. Rocky Fork Lake is a 2,000 acre quiet and secluded lake. Because of the heavy concentration of trees the lake is a secluded paradise hidden in the woods.
13.1 miles from park*
Rocky Fork Lakeview Farm - Hillsboro, OH
Cottages and Cabins
Private retreat surrounded by 35 acres of farmland with a beautiful view of Rocky Fork Lake, near Hillsboro, Ohio. Whether youre seeking a peaceful retreat, a romantic get-away, a scrapbooking weekend, a boating week, or simply want to experience nature at its best, youll find what youre looking for.
10.7 miles from park*
Places To Find Supplies
Murphin Ridge Inn - West Union, OH
Fine Dining
Situated on 142 acres of rolling woodland and farmland with breath-taking vistas of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Murphin Ridge Inn is the ideal spot for a romantic getaway, family vacation or business retreat.
19.5 miles from park*



Picnicking
Picnic areas with picnic tables and grills are available for day use. A picnic shelter and playground are alsoavailable.
Trails
Hiking is available on the forest property's firelanes and bridle trails. All horses brought, driven or riddenonto the State Forest must have a valid annual horse use tag. Hikers and horseback riders are advised towear hunter orange or other bright clothing while on trails during hunting season.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 17 Horseback Rider by Lost but Trashless Rider
I agree that there was alot of trash left behind on the trails!! Very sad!!!! I follow the rule what you bring in you take out!! That means everything!!!! Also it would have been very helpful if the trail markers were alittle more detailed!! The map we got at the office was really confusing! We had to use the GPS on one of our riders I-phone. Thank God for technology!!
March 14 been going there for years. by Toeped
A nice place but the horse riders litter up the horse trails real bad. Beer and soda cans and food containers all over the place. Also ATV users ride unchecked on foot traffic only areas to reach outer lying areas for hunting. Both of these things need to be stopped. Great camping areas with a playground and running water. A nice place.
January 30 Clean, lotts of fishing, and hunting. by J. Thornton
Fishing great, hunting is going down, cutting a lot of trees down in the forest.Hope it will pick up next 2 or 3 years.

Area Fishing Related Businesses
Hirn's Corner
3504 Us Highway 50 W
Bainbridge, OH
(740) 634-3286
Area Cabins and Lodges
Lazy H Cabin Rentals
14889 Old 50
Bainbridge, OH
(937) 365-1961
Area Accommodations (over 20 miles away)
Cottages and Cabins
Great for a private relaxing get away. Whether you are looking for rest and relaxation with that special someone, or the best cook-out for family and friends Haven Inn The Hills is the answer for you.
44.9 miles from park*
Booking.com

Indiana
421

Indiana State Parks

X