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
Hiking Trail, miles9
Picnic Shelters, #1
Horsemen Campsites, #15
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.
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.
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.