Knobstone Trail Summit 2016

You are invited to participate in an important meeting about the future of the 150-Mile Knobstone Hiking Trail. This meeting will bring together officials from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, The Hoosier National Forest, The Army Corps of Engineers, and the Monroe Reservoir with hiking trail enthusiasts of south central Indiana. This will be a friendly meeting with the goal of agreement to build, maintain and promote Indiana’s premiere long distance trail.

Supporters invited include several county commissioners, Chamber of Commerce representatives, Community Foundation representatives, outfitters, hiking clubs, County Visitors Bureaus, Scout Councils, and various local business. Representatives of each organization will be given a few minutes to tell why they support extending the current trail all the way to Martinsville.

Theme “Completion of a Long-Term Indiana DNR Vision”

In volume 46, number 3, Outdoor Indiana, April 1981, Joe Payne wrote an article titled “Knobstone Trail Reflections – 32 Miles of Forest Hiking.” The article described how the trail came about and by whom. On page 7 Joe wrote “Eventually, with a little more money and a great deal more coordination, the Knobstone Trail will tie together the three separate, major portions of Jackson-Washington State Forest. The Knobstone Trail will then provide a truly challenging 100-mile hike. Beyond Jackson-Washington State Forest lie some significant problems. But a 200-mile trail on through the Knobs in Hoosier National Forest, Brown County State Park, and Yellowwood State Forest and Morgan-Monroe State Forest may someday become a reality.”

Date: September 14, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Morgan Monroe State Forest Headquarters Training Room

6220 Forest Rd, Martinsville, IN 46151

Please plan to join us for an informative and productive meeting.

Please reply via email to let us know if you are planning to attend. It would also be helpful if you let us know if you can’t attend but are interested. A letter of support would be most helpful!

Charles Andrew, President

Knobstone Hiking Trail Association



The Knobstone Hiking Trail is a 150-mile trail along the landmark Knobstone escarpment in one of the most rugged and scenic areas of the South Central Midwest, on the high bluffs of the forested corridor between Indianapolis, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky. Two completed sections, Tecumseh (north, 42-miles) and Knobstone (south, 45 miles) soon will be extended another 28+ miles. There is good access and parking at 10-20-mile intervals, ideal for day hikes and backpack camping. No fees, reservations, or permits are required. Shuttles are available to connect Pioneer (central) trail miles, and for one-way hikes of sections.

The Knobstone Hiking Trail Association (KHTA) was formed in 2013 to become the steward of this great trail. The KHTA is a non-profit organization dedicated to completion, preservation, and promotion of the KHT. We depend on Association members and volunteers for its very existence. Only a part of it is on public land maintained by government agencies. Trail conditions are dependent on hiker reports and volunteer action in response to them. The KHTA is the only source for maps and information about the entire trail. Won’t you join us?


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Volunteer To Build The KHT
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    Mission Statement
    “The KHTA is dedicated to the completion, preservation, and promotion of the Knobstone Hiking Trail. This footpath follows the Knobstone Escarpment from 30 miles south of Indianapolis to 10 miles north of Louisville, KY. A long-term management organization for the trail assures continuity of assistance in maintaining the trail to the governmental entities whose jurisdictions the trail passes through as well as to private property owners donating trail easements.”