Activities and Amenities
Firewood Alert: The Hoosier National Forest (HNF) has prohibited the possession, storage or transportation on the Hoosier National Forest of any hardwood firewood that originates off the Hoosier National Forest. The exception is downed wood gathered on the forest for firewood, processed lumber that does not contain nails, firewood that has been certified by the USDA APHIS or Indiana DNR, and pine firewood. This is to prevent the spread the Emerald Ash Borer and other exotic insect pests. Many local vendors and large retailers supply certified firewood. Certified firewood is also available for purchase at the campground. A list of known vendors can be accessed at http://www.in.gov/dnr/entomolo/files/ep-CA_firewood.pdf.
Firewood is defined as any part or portion of a tree that has been cut and removed from its original location and is to be used as fuel for heating or cooking in an open pit, grill, fireplace, or stove.
HARDIN RIDGE, IN
part ofHoosier National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Thu Oct 15 2015 Season Dates
OverviewHardin Ridge is a 1,200-acre recreational complex located on the shores of Monroe Reservoir in Hooiser National Forest. The complex includes six shady campground loops, 40 picnic sites, three shelter houses and two cabins.
The area offers something for everyone, with activities like camping, picnicking, boat launching, swimming, nature walks, and interpretive programs offered in a forested environment.
Monroe Reservoir spans 10,750-acres and is the largest lake in Indiana. There is an overlook on Hardin Ridge Road that is spectacular in any season and gives visitors a high vantage point of the lake, colorful marinas across the water and a vast expanse of forest.
A 300-foot swimming beach on Lake Monroe offers a place for children to play and swimmers to sunbathe and enjoy the water. The beach offers a combination of sand and sun, with a shady grass-covered hillside above. There are no lifeguards on duty. No glass containers or pets are allowed in the beach area.
There are 203 camp sites at Hardin Ridge, 36 of which are walk-in sites. With the exception of Eads and Southern Point loops, the areas have electric hookups at about half the sites (walk-in sites to do not have electric hookups). Centralized water, flush toilets and showers are provided.
Activities and Amenities
Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Bedford, go 7 miles east on US 50. Go north on SR 446 for 12 miles and turn west on Chapel Hill Road and travel 2 miles to the Hardin Ridge Recreation Area.
From Bloomington, 46 and 446 intersection, go 14 miles south on SR 446. Turn west on Chapel Hill Road and travel 2 miles to the Hardin Ridge Recreation Area.
Mailing Address:HARDIN RIDGE
6464 Hardin Ridge Rd
Heltonville IN 47436
Phone Number:Information: (812)837-9453