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Backpacking in Indiana

Hikers on a trail during spring.Backpacking combines hiking and camping, two of the most popular outdoor recreation activities. Indiana has a few scenic trails for backpacking. Other states may have longer and more popular backpacking trails, but Indiana’s trails satisfy many backpackers’ need for adventure and solitude. These trails can be perfect for a beginner’s first trek, as preparation for a longer backpacking trip, or for providing seasoned veterans with a backcountry escape.

Know Before You Go

Where to Go

Indiana map of trails

Below you will find a listing of trails in Indiana that are at least 10 miles long, have a natural surface, and have a least one camping option along or near the trail. Camping options may include backcountry camping, camping shelters, designated primitive camp sites, or access to a campground. Some of the trails are multi-use so hikers may encounter mountain bikers or horses. All the trails listed below are managed by either Indiana State Parks, Indiana Division of Forestry, or the Hoosier National Forest. Each agencies policies may differ, so be sure to research their rules and regulations before hitting the trail. Also please note that some properties in this listing have a gate and/or camping fees.

DNR Trails

  1. Adventure Hiking Trail
    25 Miles
    Harrison-Crawford State Forest
    (812) 738-7694
    O’Bannon Woods State Park
    (812) 738-8232
  2. Adena Trace Loop
    25 Miles
    Brookville Lake
    (765) 647-2657
    (765) 647-2658
  3. Bloodroot Trail
    13 Miles
    Salamonie Lake
    (260) 468-2125
  4. Knobstone Trail
    60 Miles
    Jackson-Washington and Clark State Forests
    (812) 358-2160
  5. Low Gap Trail
    10 Miles
    Morgan-Monroe State Forest
    (765) 342-4026                 
  6. Tecumseh Trail
    42 miles
    Morgan-Monroe State Forest
    (765) 342-4026
    Yellowwood State Forest
    (812) 988-7945
  7. Three Lakes Trail
    10 Miles
    Morgan-Monroe State Forest
    (765) 342-4026

Hoosier National Forest Trails

  1. Birdseye Trail, 11.8 Miles
  2. Charles C. Deam Wilderness, 37.3 total miles
  3. German Ridge Trail,  24 miles
  4. Hickory Ridge Trail, 48.7 miles
  5. Mogan Ridge Trails,* 19 miles
  6. Oriole Trails,* 13.7 miles
  7. Shirley Creek Trail,  19.4 miles
  8. Spring Valley Trail, 12.7 miles
  9. Two Lakes Loop Trail, 15.7 miles
  10. Young’s Creek Trail, 12.7 miles

*Includes both East and West Trails

Hoosier National Forest
(812) 275-5987