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Indiana: Hoosier National Forest -Tell City Ranger District
Posted on Sunday, July 31 @ 00:25:50 CDT by iljiana

Horse Camping & Trails Hoosier National Forest Supervisors Office 
and Tell City Ranger District
248 15th Street
Tell City, IN 47586
(812) 547-7051
Fax (812) 547-6144

The Hoosier National Forest,  in the hills of south central Indiana, provides a wide mix of opportunities and resources for people to enjoy. Rolling hills, back-country trails, and rural crossroad communities make this small but beautiful Forest a favorite!  Forest managers work with the public to develop a shared vision of how this 200,000 acre Forest should be managed. The challenge is to provide a Forest with the values and benefits people want while protecting the unique ecosystems on the Hoosier National Forest.
Tell City Ranger District
German Ridge Recreation Area
Campground-non-electrical, horses allowed
Horse/Hike/Mtn Bike Trail 23 mi
Length of Trail: 24.1 miles for multiple use trail, 1.5 mile for German Ridge Lake Hiking Trail.                                               

Trail Uses: On the longer loop trail, hiking, horse riding, and mountain biking is allowed. The shorter lake trail is provided for hiking only.

Special Features: Sandstone rock outcrops, rolling hills of hardwood forests and Ohio River views. The lake trail encircles the scenic German Ridge lake and flanks some interesting rock bluffs.

Campground:  This campground caters to horse use, though any visitors are welcome. Horses are allowed in the 20-unit campground.  Water is available for horses. The water is brought in from town and accessed by hydrants. It is not potable for human consumption. A $4 self-service camping fee is charged. 

From I-64:  Take I-64 to IN 37 south (Exit 79). Take IN 37 south approximately 18 miles to IN 70. Go east on IN 70. In less than 1 mile, turn right where the big "German Ridge Recreation Area" sign indicates. When that road Ts into another, turn right. You are now on Gerald Road. Watch for German Ridge Road on your left. Turn there, and the parking area is 0.9 mile south. Continue south to reach the campground and day use area.

From I-66: Take IN 66 east from Tell City, through Cannelton, then watch for Forest Service signs. This will get you to the campground. From there, go north on German Ridge Road. The campground and trailhead is approximately 3/4 of a mile up this road to the left.
Springs Valley Recreation Area-
Hike/Bike/Horse Trail 8mi
Springs Valley Recreation area in Orange County is located west of State Highway 37 south of Paoli.
The 140-acre lake surrounded by scenic hardwood forests features primitive camping with vault toilets only. No drinking water is available. A boat ramp and picnic facilities are also available. No fees are charged. Visitors to this area should be aware of a vandalism problem in this area and people are asked to report any suspicious activity or damage

From Hwy 37 - From Hwy 37 south of Paoli turn right on Unionville Road, proceed for 1 mile, turn right at brown FS sign onto County Road 150 S. and proceed 1.1 miles to stop sign and turn left onto County Road 225 W, proceed 2.1 miles to brown FS sign and bear right on 325 S for 1.9 miles to stop sign, turn left on 500 W and go .8 miles to brown FS sign and turn Left on County Road 550 W. and follow this road back to Springs Valley Lake.

From Hwy 145 - Take Hwy 145 South out of French Lick 6.4 miles and turn left at brown FS sign on Baseline Liberty Road and proceed 1.3 miles, turn left on County Road 650 W at brown FS sign and proceed 1.8 miles to “Y” in road, bear right (stay on 650 W) and proceed 0.8 miles to stop sign, turn right onto 600 W and proceed 0.5 miles to 550 W. Turn right at brown FS sign and follow back to Springs Valley Lake.

Youngs Creek Horse Camp
Horse camp
Horse/Hike/Mountain Bike Trail 10.5 mi

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