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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

Pictures From The Knobstone Section Hike Part II – Saturday May 16, 9:30 am
Oxley Memorial Trailhead To Leota Trailhead (7741 E Banes Hollow Rd, Scottsburg , IN, USA 47170)

Mark Your Calendars For The Knobstone Section Hike Part 3 
Sat June 6, 2020 9:30am – 5:30pm (EDT)   Leota Trailhead (12598 E Saylor Rd, Salem, IN, USA 47167)

The third and likely most difficult section hike of the original KT I’ll be leading, from the Leota Trailhead to Pixley Knob. Covering roughly 15 miles, this one will be a test. This is planned as a one day section hike, but with enough interest it may turn into a 2 day out and back overnight trip to accommodate more individuals. I can shuttle 6 hikers with my van, but will need a volunteer to pick me up at the Pixley Knob Trailhead and shuttle me back to the Leota Trailhead before 9am. This is a very rugged trail, so bring plenty of water and snacks, hiking poles, first aid gear and the correct apparel for weather conditions. As always, we’ll take a break at a halfway point and stop for a small meal. Also this is a rain or shine event, the only chance of cancelation will be due to extreme wind.
Sign up on meetup—https://www.meetup.com/Knobstone-Hiking-Trail-Association-of-Indiana-Meetup/events/

Sat June 20, 2020 9:30 am—2:30 pm (EDT) – Knobstone Section Hike part 4
Pixley Knob Trailhead (18559 Pixley Knob Road, Henryville, IN, USA 47126)

The final section of the original KT hike! Starting from the Pixley Knob Road Trailhead and finishing at the Deam Lake Trailhead. About 10 miles of hiking, with the last several being downhill! This section offers some of the best views, especially from the Round Knob lookout. I can shuttle 6 hikers with my van, but will need a volunteer to pick me up at the Deam Lake Trailhead and shuttle me back to the Pixley Knob Trailhead before 9am. This is still a very rugged trail, so bring plenty of water and snacks, hiking poles, first aid gear and the correct apparel for weather conditions. As always, we’ll take a break at a halfway point and stop for a small meal. Also this is a rain or shine event, the only chance of cancelation will be due to extreme wind.
Sign up on meetup—https://www.meetup.com/Knobstone-Hiking-Trail-Association-of-Indiana-Meetup/events/

 

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

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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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