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Morgan-Monroe State Forest, Martinsville

Categories: Forests, State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.4/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
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 24,000 acres 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 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.
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  • A nice hike. It is labeled Tecumseh Trail everywhere and hardly ever labeld Shelter ROck Trail. The stones were too big to walk on comfortably on the first part of the fire road (western side), we wen...  read more »
  • I went to Morgan Monroe for a overnight backpacking trip. Don't really recommend mid summer for hiking or camping due to bugs and normal hot and humid weather. It is a beautiful place in the fall. The...  read more »
  • My grandson and I hiked the Three Lakes Trail July 2016. We started off about 8:00am and did not finish until about 3:00pm. We did stop and spend some time looking through Stepp Cemetery which was rea...  read more »
  • It's a great place to get away and enjoy nature, peace and quiet. The bathrooms are descent, shelter houses provide water, power, grills. It's very well kept up on!
  • It's a FOREST. FEW PEOPLE. Peace and quiet. It's a place to get out of yourself. Stop wasting your PRECIOUS time and slow down for a day. 30 minutes? 5? Perhaps you'll find you no longer need that psychiatrist, that anti-anxiety pill or antidepressant. Just don't go out while I am there Unless you'd like to meet an attack chihuahua and rottweiler.... ..*I'M NOT A MEDICAL DOCTOR SO DO NOT STOP YOUR MEDS BY YOURSELF JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE ON GOOGLE TOLD YOU YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO!! BESIDES, I STILL NEED MINE...
  • There could definitely be better signage on the trails, but the forest is nice. There are two 10 mile hikes if you want something longer.
  • A nice place to go hiking. We wanted to start on the Tecumseh trail but it was closed so we walked across the road and went for a walk down some trail (I forgot it's name) that was only 1.5 miles one way but it was easy. I'd really like to come back and try the other longer trails.
  • Nice and relaxing. Offers backcountry camping, a rarity in Indiana.
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