Hardin Ridge Recreation Area
Located in the Hoosier National Forest, this 1,200 acre recreational complex is on the shores of Monroe Lake. It includes over 1,000 acres of land with hiking and bicycle trails, a public swimming beach, a large boat ramp, picnic areas and shelters as well as a full service campground with over 200 well-developed camp sites and lakeside cabins for rent. Campsites and cabins are available on a first-come first-served basis and are available by reservation through the NRRS at www.reserveUSA.com. You can access Hardin Ridge by Highway 446 and turning on Chapel Hill Road. Weekend interpretive programs of various types are provided at a large amphitheater from Memorial Day to after Labor Day. These programs often include such things as “owl prowls” at night and hikes deeper into the Hoosier National Forest to see what creatures live there, etc. This is also one of the prime areas in South Central Indiana for mushroom hunting and bird watching with special events scheduled each season. The National “Take Pride In America” program kicks off each season at Hardin Ridge. The campground roads are well known for their special viewing of fall colors each season as well. A daily use fee is available at the entrance gate as well as an annual pass offering unlimited use of the day facilities throughout the season. Offices for the Hoosier National Forest are located at 811 Constitution Avenue in Bedford, Indiana, 47421.