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 Damaged Bridge at Mile 79.3 & the Closure of Indian Hill Road!
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Pictures From The May & June Knobstone Section Hikes & 2nd Sat Work Days


Saturday July 18 – 9am to 4 pm – Hoosier National Forest Section Hike I
Nebo Ridge North Trail Head 888 W Elkinsville Rd Nashville, IN

Scott Beam is continuing the section hikes of the KHT.  This time along the sections that run through the HNF. This first hike will be during National Forest Week, running from July 13th through the 19th this year.
The hike will start at the northern trailhead of the Nebo Ridge Trail, head south for about 8 miles, and then a mile or so hike along the road and continue on trails 20 and 18 in the Hickory Ridge area of the HNF. It’s about a 45 minute drive between start to finish, and somewhere around 12 miles of hiking.  Volunteers to help shuttle would be appreciated’.  This will be a rain or shine event, so bring gear to match the weather.   The group will stop along the Nebo section for lunch, so bring food and plenty of water. A few liters or more  is recommended to handle the heat in July.  For more details go to Meetup and sign up for the hike

Saturday July 25 – 9am to 4 pm – Hoosier National Forest Section Hike II
For info on this hike click HNF II Info

  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

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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.”