Formerly known as Ravinia Woods, a unit of Morgan-Monroe State Forest, this beautiful wild space has now been designated a state forest in its own right. Ravinia State Forest is located on Duckworth Road near Paragon, adjacent to Morgan County's Burkart Creek Park. The unit encompasses 1500 acres of wooded rolling hills and valleys, and can be accessed via several parking areas located off of Duckworth Road, Parker Road and Big Hurricane Road.
Recreational opportunities at Ravinia Woods include hunting, wildlife viewing hiking, fishing and gathering of wild berries, nuts and mushrooms. Hunters must follow all state regulations. Many miles of firetrails are available for hiking and the area includes four small ponds. All visitors are encouraged to wear hunter orange during hunting season.
Ravinia State Forest is part of the Governor's Million Trees Program, which calls for the Indiana DNR to plant 1 million trees by 2025. Planting is already underway at Ravinia, so be on the lookout for new saplings in areas that were once farm fields.