Morgan-Monroe State Forest, Martinsville

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Morgan–Monroe State Forest is a state forest in Morgan County and Monroe County of Indiana, and is the second largest state forest in Indiana. The 24000acre comprising this deciduous forest were abandoned farmland, as the previous residents realized that the land's rocky soil was very poor for agricultural purposes, which the state of Indiana purchased in 1929 to prevent further erosion and to create the state forest.Indiana's first Civilian Conservation Corps camp was in Morgan–Monroe State Forest in May 1933. The fire tower for the forest is no longer usable, but in 1999 was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.An AmeriFLUX/FLUXNET tower, for the purpose of measuring water, carbon dioxide, and heat levels in a mixed hardwood ecosystem, is located within the forest. This tower is maintained by Indiana University's Department of Geography.Within the state forest is Stepp Cemetery, which dates back to the 19th Century. The cemetery is believed be haunted by a woman (the Black Lady) who lost her baby son in a tragic accident in the 1930s, and remains near the grave of her beloved child to this day. Some versions of the story claim the woman chases visitors. Some accounts also state that their dog's ghost also guards the baby's grave. Additionally, other versions of this story include dead teenager and roadworkers who will chase visitors. Paranormal investigators have reportedly captured orbs and EVPs in the cemetery. The cemetery has been extensively vandalized.
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  • We were looking for a new place to explore and found this. Great drive today as the fall colors are starting to change. Roads could use some patching, but they don't appear to get too much use. Lots o...  more »
  • Good place to stay if you do not want Amenities and have your kids be able to enjoy hiking and nature  more »
  • The drive thru is very scenic with a small play ground about 1/2 way. There is some rough camping and many hiking trails. No entry fee!! Small lake with fishing nearby.  more »

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