KHTA Events

Scott Beam, KHTA Board Member to Lead Section Hikes on the Original KT
Mark you calendars and sign up on meetup—https://www.meetup.com/Knobstone-Hiking-Trail-Association-of-Indiana-Meetup/events/

Knobstone Section Hike part 2
Sat May 16, 2020 9:30am – 3:30pm (EDT) – Oxley Memorial Trailhead (7741 E Banes Hollow Rd, Scottsburg , IN, USA 47170)
This is to be the second section hike of the original KT, from the Oxley Memorial Trailhead to the Leota Trailhead, about 13 miles. 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 Leota Trailhead and shuttle me back to the Oxley Memorial 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.

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.

Knobstone Section Hike part 4
Sat June 20, 2020 9:30 am—2:30 pm (EDT)  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.

 

Gateway 5K Fun/Run – Nash Park, 360 North Home, Martinsville, IN

Martinsville is the “Gateway to the 160-Mile Knobstone Hiking Trail”
• The race will run on the 2.5-K Nash Trail  within the park.
• Registration 9-9:45 am at Family Pavilion. Hot drinks & snacks.
• Race Start 10 am. Post-race snacks and hot drinks in Family Pavilion.
• Race donation: $20; single ticket admits families & couples benefit the KHTA’s effort
to complete the trail
• Sponsor: Knobstone Hiking Trail Association, working to complete the 160-mile KHT,
extending it from Martinsville to Louisville.
• To view the results of the 2020 race: https://www.knobstonehikingtrail.org/race-results/

To register: http://www.knobstonehikingtrail.org/register-for-the-2020-khta-gateway-5k-run-walk/

MONTHLY 2ND SATURDAY KHT WORKDAYS

The Knobstone Hiking Trail is a work in progress. Miles still need to be acquired, and many more need to be built and maintained. Volunteers of the KHTA are needed to accomplish this. You can join in this rewarding work by helping on a KHTA monthly 2nd Saturday work crew (February—November). Membership is not required. Crews are led by experienced trail builders. TO SEE WHAT IT’S LIKE: facebook_button
TO SIGN UP FOR THE NEXT TRAIL WORK CREW GO TO: meetup

KHTA ANNUAL MEETING, 3rd Saturday in March

KHTA NATIONAL TRAILS DAY HIKE, 1st Saturday in June

pioneer-pic3The KHTA sponsors a hike the first weekend in June featuring a section of the KHT (sometimes on Sunday). A favorite is the Easement loop just south of the Monroe Reservoir Hoosier National Forest section of the Pioneer Trail. It passes the pioneer barn restored by Frank Fisher (photo) near Mile 68. For details about the exact date, time, and location of the next hike, go to meetup

KHTA ANNUAL FALL BACKPACK, 4th weekend in October

Browning-Mtn-hikersThis event often features Browning “Mountain”, the iconic Hoosier National Forest site on a provisional Pioneer section of the KHT. It’s about Mile 52, where the trail crosses one of the forks of Salt Creek dammed in 1965 to form Monroe Reservoir.

A view of the broad Salt Creek valley is visible in winter (photo) from this high knob–only a Hoosier could call it a mountain. But it’s still a grand view, in the largest area in Indiana of land uncrossed by roads. In spring, the elegant blossoms of dogwood trees interfere with the view… Offered in conjunction with Hoosier Backpackers [see Hiking Groups in Resources]; base camp with multiple day hikes. Closest nearby towns: Bloomington, Nashville, Story.

Access is available from the southern Tecumseh Trailhead on Crooked Creek Road off SR 46, from Story at the HNF Nebo Trail parking lot or further south from the foot of the hill at the Monroe Reservoir’s edge if the water is not high, or from a back way, accessible via Tower Ridge Road. For further information, check meetup or Contact Us.