In Southern Indiana, Ferdinand State Forest offers an abundance of hiking and walking trails that cater to adventurers of all levels. Located six miles northeast of Ferdinand, this forest property includes 10 miles of trails, campsites, playgrounds, picnic shelters, hunting areas, several lakes for fishing and boat rentals. We will take a closer look at some of the captivating trails this forest has to offer, inviting you to embark on a journey of exploration and discovery.

Entrance Information

Beginning in mid-May running through October, Ferdinand State Forest operates an entrance gate house. During times of gate operation, there is an entrance fee required to gain access to the state forest’s primary recreation area, including the campground, beach, and shelters. The fee is $7/vehicle for in-state plates and $9/vehicle for out-of-state plates. Indiana DNR annual entrance passes are accepted and sold at the property.

Fire Tower Trail

This moderate-level trail spans approximately 1.3 miles and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. The highlight of this trail is undoubtedly the historic fire tower, which offers panoramic views of the forest canopy stretching as far as the eye can see. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the awe-inspiring scenery from the top! Red rectangular blazes mark this trail.

Foxey Hollow

This 1.3 mile trail spurs off the Fire Tower Trail. It passes through a yellow poplar plantation, or yellow tulip trees. Orange rectangular blazes mark this trail.


This 2.5 mile long moderate trail starts at the fire tower and ends near the Twin Lakes Trail. Kyana passes a home site, evidence of previous land use, a lively pond, and valley with a footbridge crossing. Green rectangular blazes mark this trail.

Twin Lakes 

This moderate trail passes Coyote Hollow Lake and Fossil Lake before ending at the Sycamore Shelter about 2.3 miles later. Twin Lakes trail offers beautiful views of pine areas. Blue rectangular blazes mark this trail.

South Ridge

This moderate trail of 2.3 miles starts at the Twin Oaks parking area and ends close to the Sycamore Shelter. In the midst of this trail, you will follow the high ridge that overlooks the main lake and cross a footbridge. Yellow rectangular blazes mark this trail.

From panoramic views atop historic fire towers to tranquil strolls along meandering streams, Ferdinand State Forest offers an array of hiking and walking trails that cater to every adventurer’s whims.

Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a nature enthusiast looking to reconnect with the great outdoors, Ferdinand State Forest beckons with its scenic beauty and abundant wildlife.

So lace up your hiking boots, pack a picnic, and embark on an unforgettable journey through this natural haven—it’s time to explore Ferdinand State Forest’s captivating trails and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Craving brunch after an early morning adventure at Ferdinand Forest? The Cascade CafeFleig’s Cafe, and Main Street Bistro have you covered! While in Ferdinand, visit nearby locations! Tour the Monastery Immaculate Conception to see beautiful architecture and learn about the ground’s history. Stop by Traditional Arts Today to find locally crafted items and artwork! 

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Ferdinand State Forest

The scenic beauty of the area allows for a peaceful get-a-way with nature. This 7,640-acre area full of beautiful views awaits for you to explore the many hiking trails, enjoy a primitive camping experience and a day at the beach. A hidden-gem for nature lovers that will have you coming back for more…

Great place to take a hike through nature, fish in the lake or camp. A trio to the fire tower is a must.

Matt Leslie

Google Review


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