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Morgan-Monroe State Forest, Martinsville

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#26 of 33 in Nature in Indiana
Forest State Park
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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  • If you like Brown County State Park but don't want to pay to enter, this is the place to go. Trails vary in length and difficulty; each are nice. Wife and I did the Low Gap trail. First half was very ...  more »
  • Great natural area to backpack, hike, fish and picnic. A much hidden treasures in South central Indiana.  more »
  • This is a wonderful place to visit. Keep in mind it is a state Forest and Hunting is going on in the fall of the year. However this is a great place to hike, bike or just take in the fall colors. This...  more »