Yellowwood State Forest

  • 772 S Yellowwood Rd
  • Nashville, IN 47448
  • (812) 988-7945
Yellowwood State Forest was created in 1940 when federal land was leased to the State of Indiana. The land was deeded to the state in 1956. Yellowwood Lake was completed in 1939. The 133-acre lake is about 30 feet deep and offers excellent fishing; a valid Indiana fishing license is required. A boat launch is located at the south end of the lake; boat motors are limited to electric trolling motors only. Rowboat rental is available seasonally. Bear Lake and Crooked Creek Lake are also popular recreation and fishing areas on the forest property. Camping is not permitted at these two lakes, and swimming is not permitted at any lake. Primitive campsites and two playgrounds are centrally located near Yellowwod Lake. Picnic areas are available for daily use. Many trails are available for hiking including the Jackson Creek interpretive trail (1.5 miles), High King Trail (.5 miles), Lake Trail (4.5 miles), Scarce O' Fat Trail (4 miles), Resource Management interpretive trail (1.5 miles) and Tecumseh Trail (42 miles), which connects the Yellowwood property with Morgan-Monroe State Forest. Marked horseback riding trails are also available.