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The Knobstone Hiking Trail is a 160-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. The KHT consists of four sections,  Knobstone (south, 45 miles), Pioneer (South middle, 37.9), Hoosier National Forest (North middle, 28.4), and Tecumseh (north, 42.7-miles).  The Knobstone has continuous trail from start to finish.  The Tecumseh and Hoosier Nation Forest has minor county road walks.  The Pioneer has 5 miles of existing trails with approximately 9 more miles in various stages of development. The extended road walks are nearly all on remote gravel and black top roads with great scenery.  There is 2.5 miles of road walk along Hwy 135 with a wide grass strip at the edge.   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.

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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Check Out A Guide To The Knobstone Trail: Indiana’s Longest Footpath

Take Note of the closure of Indian Hill Road mile 145 and the repair of the bridge at mile 79.3!
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View The Spring 2021 Newsletter Spring 2021 Newsletter

Pictures From 2021 Section Hikes, Thru Hikes, & 2nd Sat Work Days

 

Second Saturday Workdays
Dec 11 & January 8 – Join Us For The 2nd Saturday Workday – 9:30 am-3:30 pm

Would you to spend a day in some beautiful woods with a delightful group of people building a connecting section of Indiana’s premier long distance hiking trail? Come join us as we work on an easement near Martinsville. We meet at near the Martinsville Conservation Club.  Please bring a lunch and water. We will have large hand tools, but please bring any small tools you have such as clippers or a pruning saw. And a backpack is handy to carry everything in. Instructions will be provided for those who need them. We finish about 3:30.  Click Here for more info and to sign up on Meetup.

Join us on our website at http://www.knobstonehikingtrail.org/ and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Knobstone-Hiking-Trail-

2022 Organized Hikes  – Scott Beam – Mark Your Calendars!

In 2022 we will begin to provide an opportunity to section hike the whole 160 mile KHT.

Saturday, January 1, 2022 – 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM – Section Hike #1
Tecumseh/Low Gap trailhead MMSF – Section 2 of the KHT

This will be section hike number 1 of the entire 165 mile Knobstone Hiking Trail, with the main hike being approximately 14 miles. I plan on hiking the Low Gap and following the Tecumseh to Bear Lake, and returning back across Orcutt Road. There are other shorter options as well, from just over 3, 6 and 10 miles using either the Rock Shelter or Low Gap loop trails. If anyone wants to park at Bear Lake a hour early and just do the 10 miles out, I could possibly shuttle a few to the start but parking is limited.
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Saturday, February 05, 2022 – 9:15 AM to 2:15 PM  – Section Hike #2
Tecumseh/Low Gap trailhead MMSF – Section 1 of the KHT

This will be the second section hike along the Knobstone Hiking Trail, this time starting at the northern terminus. We’ll be hiking from just outside Martinsville to the Orcutt Road Low Gap Trailhead, which is about 12 miles of mostly off-trail hiking. I plan on hiking it out and back, which will be about 22 miles as the return hike is shorter. …

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Saturday, March 05, 2022  – 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM – Section Hike #3
Bear Lake Dam – Section 3 of the KHT
We’ll be continuing along the Tecumseh Trail part of the KHT, picking up at Bear Lake and heading south. 

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Saturday, April 02, 2022  – 9:00 AM to 8:00 AM – Section Hike #4
4371 Indian Hill Rd – Section 4 of the KHT

This could either be a 20 mile hike from Indian Hill to the parking area on Crooked Creek Road, finishing the Tecumseh section of the route. It could also be a backpacking trip, with staying in YellowwoodSF overnight. We’ll see how the weather and other hikes play out.

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Pictures From The Hikes

  All KHT sections on state land are now open for hiking and overnight backpack camping!  

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Trail Conditions

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KHT Northern Trailhead


KHT Southern Trailhead


Volunteer To Build The KHT
Trail builders find it one of the most rewarding things they’ve ever done. Make your mark on this forever trail! Details about the next work date (no experience needed; work for all ages and abilities available):

   

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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.”

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