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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 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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • 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 »
  • nice place to visit in the fall when leaves are turning,lots of nice areas to picnic, play ground for kids to play,two lakes to fish,lots of hiking trails.  more »
Google
  • 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...
  • Went camping with the kids here, it was awesome. They have large camp sites and lots of trails. There were only 2 other people camping which was pretty neat.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • I love coming to lake Monroe. The fishing is awesome