Knobstone Trail - Nebo Ridge Section Hiking

Near Brownstown in the Hoosier National Forest, the Nebo Ridge Section is an informal northern stretch of the Knobstone Trail managed by the National Forest Service.

In southern Indiana, the 58 mile Knobstone Trail winds through thick woodlands and up steep ridgelines while traversing the rocky, forested Knobstone Escarpment. The Knobstone Escarpment has layers of weathered brown shale and sandstone have been heaved up to 300 feet above low-lying farmland and hollows.

The main hiking route passes through Clark State Forest, Elk Creek Public Fishing Area, and Jackson-Washington State Forest in Clark, Scott, and Washington counties and is managed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The white-blazed trail presently extends from near Deam Lake, just north of S.R. 60 in Clark County, to Delaney Park, just east of S.R. 135 in Washington County. Make sure to bring water since it can be very dry at times.

The Knobstone Trail may eventually be developed northward to connect with the Hoosier National Forest, Yellowwood State Forest, and Morgan-Monroe State Forest.


Local Contact(s):  Hoosier National Forest (812) 275-5987; Knobstone Trail DNR Manager (317) 232-4070; Indiana Tourism (800) 289-6646.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Indiana" from Falcon Guide

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Starve Hollow Lake SFCG

Luxury Loding:  The Story Inn (812) 988-2273

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Date Updated:  6/18/2016


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