Featured Locale: Hoosier National Forest, Indiana

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About Hoosier National Forest

            Known as Indiana’s State Treasure, the Hoosier Nation Forest covers nine counties and over 202,814 acres of cavern-laden, trail-rich wilderness ripe for the exploration of novices and experienced outdoors people alike. Visitors can enjoy horseback riding, outdoor learning programs for the kids, hunting/fishing, and ATVs.

Caves and Karsts

The forest is home some of the rarest, challenging, and secret caves in the United States. New caves and karsts are found all the time and are often kept off the maps by the explorers who find them. Experienced cave divers should plan to contact Ranger Services if they happen to stumble upon one. Newbie cavers should plan to stick to open cave dives with experienced climbers. Keep advised of any cave advisories on the Hoosier website. Even the more traveled caves possess an antiquated and haunting beauty cast from the geometric rock formations, animal life, sinkholes, and underground streams. Programs are available for new cavers.

Beaches and Watersports

Those looking to relax should spend a day at the Monroe Reservoir beaches. They are perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and boating. Rentals for both motored and non-motored boats are available. Check the website for rental details and pricing: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/hoosier/recreation.

Scenic Activities

Hiking and cycling the trails are a popular pastime in the forest. There are over 260 miles of trail lands to explore either by virtue of your own two feet or via two wheels. Serious hikers and cyclists should keep an eye out for contests and challenges that the Hoosier Hikers Council sponsors. Currently, they are running their Bicentennial Challenge, a celebration of Indiana’s 200th year as a state. Hikers and cyclists from all over the world have accepted the challenge to hike 200 hundred miles of natural surface hiking trails from now until June 30th 2017.  For less physical activity, try out some of the scenic driving routes along the Ohio River Byway.

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