Pike State Forest advisories
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Pike State Forest consists of 4,444 acres in southwestern Indiana. Acquisition of the land that makes up the forest began in the 1930s continuing through the 1950s. Most of the property buildings were constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) using material cut from local timber stands.
Topography at Pike State Forest varies from hilly uplands to the low bottomlands of the Patoka River. Because of the diversity of sites, a wide variety of plant and animal life make their homes at Pike. Several recreational opportunities are available at Pike State Forest, including hunting, horseback riding, picnicking, bird watching and hiking.
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.
Whitetail deer, turkey, squirrel, fox, and raccoon. A valid hunting license is required.
Picnic areas with picnic tables and grills are available for day use. A picnic shelter and playground are also available.
Hiking is available on the forest property's firelanes and bridle trails. All horses brought, driven or ridden onto the state forest must have a valid annual horse use tag. Hikers and horseback riders are advised to wear hunter orange or other bright clothing while on trails during hunting season.
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