Monday, February 18, 2013

Martin State Forest

Martin State Forest
14040 Williams Rd.
Shoals, IN 47581
(812) 247-3491

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DESCRIPTION
Martin State Forest offers a variety of educational opportunities through its woodland management trail and arboretum. The forest features rugged hills, deep woods and long hiking trails.

ACTIVITIES
Camping
Primitive(class C) camping is available at Martin State Forestfor a fee. There are 26 designated campsites located within the forest. Pit toilets and drinking water are available near sites. A self check-in station is located in the campground. We do not accept reservations, camping is available on a first come, first served basis.

Fishing
Three lakes are open to fishing; a valid Indiana fishing license is required.
Martin Lake (3 acres)
Hardwood Lake (4 acres)
Pine Lake (3 acres).
Species of fish are channel catfish, bluegill and largemouth bass, as well as some crappie and redear. Boat motors are limited to electric trolling motors only. Swimming is not permitted in any of the lakes.

Hunting
Whitetail deer, turkey, gray squirrel, ruffed grouse, quail, rabbit and raccoon. A valid hunting license is required..

Picnicking
Several picnic areas including 4 picnic shelters are available for day use. Picnic areas, with picnic tables and grills, are located throughout the forest.

ARBORETUM
The Hooser Woodland Arboretum is located adjacent to the state forest office, and is open year round without charge. Spring, summer and fall are the best times to visit the arboretum. The trail through the arboretum is self-guiding and the walking is easy. You may park your vehicle across from the arboretum entrance or at the forest office. An accessible parking spot and connecting trail are located adjacent to the arboretum. The arboretum contains about three acres with a ¼ mile winding trail. There is a shorter segment of the trail that is wheelchair accessible in dry weather.

This informal arboretum was established in an existing wooded area. Additional species have been added to those already present, and the collection currently contains about 60 different species identified by signs along the trail. The most common species, such as the oaks and hickories, are represented within the arboretum by several specimens. These specimens were present when the arboretum was established. Unlike many arboretums, our goal is not to provide a great number of different species, but to offer a representation of the common woodland trees in Indiana.

Woodland Education Trail:
The trail is approximately 1-1/4 miles long, or about one hour of easy walking.

Tank Spring Trail:
Tank Spring Trail is a moderately rugged hiking trail situated in the hills of eastern Martin County. The trailhead is located along a county road approximately three miles from the Martin State Forest office. It can be reached by going straight south out of the forest entrance on State Road 650 and following the signs to the trailhead.

The hiking trail was initially established in 1979 and led directly to Tank Spring. In 1980-81, a second section of trail was constructed which began at the Spring and followed a different route back, thus completing a loop and bringing the total trail length to three miles. Several Young Adult Conservation Corps (YACC) crews supplied the labor to build the trail.

Mountain bike trails
Martin State Forest offers 7 miles of mountain bike trails. Mountain bikes are only permitted on those designated trails. For further details and a trail map, click the loop you are interested in riding.

Firelanes
Easy. Numbered and mapped firelanes.

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