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


Saturday November 14 – Join Us For The 2nd Saturday Workday – 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Would you like 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.  Sparksville Park – 6952 S 1100 W, Medora, IN 472609

Tecumseh Trail Thru Hike  To Be Led By Scott Beam – Nov. 7 & 8
Meet 7 AM on Saturday at the TT Sourthern Terminus Trail Head
(6072 Crooked Creek Road, Nashville, IN)
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I’m planning a 2 day backpacking trip along the Tecumseh Trail. This will be a grueling 2 days, with over 20 miles of hiking per day. This will also be the last hike I’ll be hosting along the 160 mile Knobstone Hiking Trail this year.
The plan will be to hike south from MMSF to the Indian Hill shelter for the first night, and finish late Sunday. I did this hike last year in 2 days, I’d prefer to have 3 days but I’m not sure my schedule will allow it. I’ve also hiked to Yellowwood in one day, which is 30 miles, and would prefer not to do that again unless absolutely necessary.
If there are any experienced hikers that would like to join me, I’d welcome the company. If anyone wants to start and just do the Low Gap section and head back after 7 miles along the north end for a 10 mile hike, that would be great as well. If anyone does join along I’d suggest we meet at the southern parking area at 7am, and heading to MorganMonroeSF to start.

  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.”