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Morgan-Monroe State Forest

Morgan-Monroe State Forest encompasses more than 24,000 acres in south central Indiana, with camping, three lakes for fishing (two allow electric-trolling motor boats), picnicking and multiple hiking trails. Gold panning and hunting are allowed with permits. Permits can be obtained at the Forest Office. 

The highlight of Morgan-Monroe State Forest is arguably its trail system. With a paved trail and a network of natural surface trails that connect to Yellowwood State Forest in nearby Brown County, it's the perfect place to get out and immerse yourself in nature. 

Camping is available in the forest at a designated non-electric campground and in the backcountry (all campers must register at the State Forest Office.  Draper Cabin and Cherry Lake Lodge are also lodging options within the forest. Draper Cabin is a primitive, wood-floored log cabin that takes you back in time to the days before electricity, vehicles and modern plumbing and is available for rental on a day-to-day basis. Cherry Lake Lodge is a recently-renovated lodge with modern amenities, including a full kitchen. Reservations may be made online at or by calling 866-622-6746.  

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