Indiana’s Jackson-Washington State Forest

1278 E. State Rd. 250, Brownstown One of the most spectacular features of this primitive forest area is Skyline Drive,

1278 E. State Rd. 250, Brownstown

One of the most spectacular features of this primitive forest area is Skyline Drive, a five-mile auto loop running along the crest of a wooded ridge. Observation areas just off the road offer vistas of the surrounding woodlands and fertile plain, checkered with farm fields and the roofs of silos and barns. Visitors are encouraged to stop at Skyline Shelter for a picnic or climb to the top of the firetower, both along Skyline Drive.

In addition, the forest is a key access point to the 60-mile Knobstone Trail for backpackers. There are also ten hiking trails of varying difficulty within the forest’s boundaries, including an 8-mile loop. Two trails are available for horseback riding, although horses cannot be rented. Fishing and boat-launching facilities are provided on Knob Lake and Spurgeon Hollow Lake, where likely catches include catfish and bass. Swimming is available at nearby Starve Hollow State Recreation Area. Picnic areas and camgrounds make this a great place for travelers.

Open year-round.

www.in.gov/dnr/forestry

(812) 358-2160

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest