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!
Check Trail Conditions & Updates

View The Spring 2021 Newsletter Spring 2021 Newsletter

Pictures From 2020 Section Hikes, Thru Hikes, & 2nd Sat Work Days

Saturday Aug 14 & Sept 18 – 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 Sparksville. We meet at the Park at the edge of town.  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.

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

2021 Organized Hikes  – Scott Beam

Hike Till You Drop At Spurgeon Hollow
Saturday May 1 – 6 am to 9 pm

Pictures From The Hike

Spurgeon Hollow Trailhead – 7695 N Delaney Park Road, Scottsburg

Join me as I tackle the loops at Spurgeon Hollow. There are several routes possible, a couple that are around 8.5, an 11 mile, and a figure 8 that is near 13 miles. There’s no need to hike all day, as I’ll be returning to the parking area after every loop and then heading back out for more, um.. fun. I’ll be doing the shorter loops first, so I’ll be returning about every 3 hours. Then the big loop takes about 4 hours, and the final figure 8 around 5 hours. So hikes should start shortly after 6 am, 9 am, noon, and 4 pm if anyone wants to join along. I might shorten the last loop depending on time and if my legs are still functional.

Sign up on Meetup – https://www.meetup.com/Knobstone-Hiking-Trail-Association-of-Indiana-Meetup/

Hoosier National Forest  – KHT – Moderate Backpacking Trip
Oct 9 & 10

Nebo Ridge North Trail Head – 888 W Elkinsville Rd · Nashville, IN

How to find us – Head west of Story Indiana on Elkinsville road. Cross the wooden bridge at the split, and there’s a large parking area before a sharp turn and big hill.

For more info and to reserve a spot go to HNF-KHT Moderate Hike

Second Annual Fall Foliage 3 Day Knobstone Thru Hike
Fri Oct 22 7am – Sun Oct 24, 2021 

Spurgeon Hollow Trailhead (7695 N Delaney Park Rd, Scottsburg, IN, USA 47170)
To Deam Lake Trailhead (1217 Deam Lake Rd, Borden, IN 47106)

Ready to enjoy the cool weather, changing leaves, and a 3-day backpacking trip along the Knobstone Trail. We’ll again be starting at Spurgeon Hollow and heading south to Deam Lake. We will set up camp again near Elk Creek Lake Friday night, somewhere around Beech Road on Saturday, and finish at Deam Lake Sunday.
More details will follow in the upcoming months, but I’m just sharing the date as early as possible.

For more info contact Scott at  hoosierhappytrails@yahoo.com.


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

For The Latest Info On The DNR’s Covoid 19 Response Go To: DNR Covoid 19 Response

For The Latest Info On The HNF’s Covoid 19 Response Go To: HNF Covoid 19 Response

Trail Conditions

Weather Conditions

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):


Activities Update

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.”