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Charles C. Deam Wilderness including Nebo and Hickory Ridge Areas


COVID-19 RESPONSE - Please enjoy this free download while practicing social distancing guidelines. For up-to-date information on closures and restrictions, please visit or Experience the remarkable topography and physiography of the Hoosier State in the uplands of south central Indiana. This area includes portions of the Hoosier National Forest (Brownstown Ranger District), the Charles C. Deam Wilderness, and lands owned by the state of Indiana and Sycamore Land Trust. The wilderness area has 36 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails that allow visitors to explore a place set aside for restoration to its pre-settlement conditions. In addition, nearly 60 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails are located outside the wilderness area in Monroe, Lawrence, Brown, and Jackson Counties. The region’s rugged physiography is related to its underlying geology. From sinkholes and caves to steep hollows and flat valleys, the diverse topography will test even the most seasoned outdoor enthusiast. The Mount Carmel Fault, Frog Pond Ridge (a geological feature known as a graben), Browning Hill, Fork Ridge, Nebo Ridge, and the Knobstone Escarpment are a few of the most prominent features. While the beauty of the forest draws many people, the cultural artifacts and history of the area also may inspire a day trip or even a longer stay. Visitors will find the remains of old homesteads, schools, quarries, and cemeteries scattered throughout the steep ridges and curving creeks. However, as you explore, please remember to take only photographs and leave only footprints. So grab your boots, saddle, or bike, and set out on an adventure! Combine this digital topographic trail map with a folded two-sided map printed on waterproof, tear-resistant paper at a scale of 1 inch to 1/2 mile, available at

Price: Free

Vendor: Indiana Geological and Water Survey

Category: Parks & Forests

Activities: Hiking, Hunting, Cycling, Horseback Riding

Published: 2019-May

Language: English

Size: 49.6 MB

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