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Hoosier National Forest
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Bedford
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Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

Absolutely became one of my favorite places to hike. We have did 3 trails in the Charles Deam wilderness and enjoyed all of them. The scenery is beautiful and has a serene feeling that is peaceful.

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Reviewed September 30, 2013

Visited the Charles Deam Wilderness inside Hoosier National Forest - did the sycamore trail and camped backcoutry for a night. Beautiful wilderness - lots of solitude. Pretty challenging hike too (especially with a pack) - loved it - first ever for my wife and I - will always be a special place. Highly recommend for hiking/backpacking.

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Reviewed August 1, 2013

We came over from Cincinnati to explore the Hoosier National Forest for camping and mountain biking possibilities. What we found was not very plesent but I can tell there may be better places around the forest. We camped in the Hickory Ridge Horse Camp. Manure and flies were everywhere. I had to pick a campsite in the middle of the open field because that was the driest and least buggy and manure. I would not reccomend camping here unless you have a horse. We camped on a Monday night and were the only ones there so the isolation was good. As for mountain biking we utilized the trails around the campgrounds in the HIckory Ridge. A guide book billed this as the biggest and best in the state. It may be the biggest but not the best. Trails were beset with mud and manure from the horses. At times it was hard to distinguish the two as you slopped through it all. Brown County State Park had trails dedicated to mtn biking and trails dedicated to horses so it is better separated. We did check out the Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower for a cool view.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

We like to hike moderately rugged trails and usually hike in the state parks. On recommendation of a friend we decided to hike in the Deam Wilderness area. It is part of the Hoosier National Forest and is located a few miles south of Bloomington IN. The area is very wooded and quite lovely. However, it is a popular place for people to bring horses to walk on the trails. Only one trail is dedicated to hikers only. We were going to go to that one but we found it is quite a distance from the entrance on gravel dusty roads. We thus opted to try one of the other trails.
Although we saw no horses, horses had obviously been there so we spent a good part of the time avoiding horse poop and horse flies and other bugs. We could not enjoy the hike because of that and eventually just turned around and went to Brown County to hike. Leaving the area we saw a huge snake crossing the road....be forewarned, there are large snakes in this area.

It is great that we have this designated wilderness area. From reading trail websites it appears this is a popular area to hike and camp for experienced backpackers. We are day hikers who like to enjoy the journey as we hike. This area was not to our liking but it might be to those who do indeed like the wilderness.

Cell phone reception is not good in this area - another thing to consider since you are some distance from civilization, and we saw few other people when we were there on a Friday afternoon.

1  Thank Indygogo11
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