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will satisfy the casual
day hiker, or the more serious backpacker. The hiking trails are varied and
beautiful. There are seven trails totaling 9.5 miles, ranging from very rugged
almost mountain type hiking to wheelchair accessible jaunts through the forest.
Jackson-Washington is one of Jackson State Forest ’s best State Forests. Indiana
Plattsburg Pond comprises eight acres and is also accessible only to hikers
One acre Cypress Pond is located at the entrance of the park,
There are three bridal trails totaling five miles in length with additional horse trails at nearby
Archers will find a 20-target archery range to hone their skills for hunting.
Jackson-Washington is a picnic paradise. You will find six shelter houses with fireplaces and horseshoe pits and numerous picnic tables scattered around the grounds. The use of all shelters is on a first come, first served basis. A playground for children is located adjacent to the picnic area.
There are a host of other activities for the adventurous. A bird watching area that has numerous feeders is located near the office. Ducks and geese swim on the several lakes. Sports facilities include a volleyball and basketball court and two playgrounds for the children.
If you are more into driving than hiking, you can drive around
, and then check out some
of the other places of interest. Nearby Jackson State Forest Skyline Drive offers a unique experience
for Hoosiers. Skyline Drive climbs up the towering knobs and offers a
commanding view of the surrounding countryside. It is a meandering road with
five overlooks, several picnic spots, shelters, and additional day hiking.
There are numerous county roads to cruise, including the scenic drive over to
nearby . You can also visit nearby
Vallonia Nursery, a state facility with many different types of trees in
cultivation. Starve Hollow Lake
Getting there is easy. Jackson-Washington is located on State Road 250 about 2 ½ miles south of Brownstown, IN. Brownstown is on US 50 between Seymour and
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Camping, hiking, fishing, target shooting and hunting -
has it all. The steep
knobs create a challenging hiking experience that is almost mountain-like in
scope. There is also a handicapped access trail that is wheelchair ready. You
will also find excellent fishing in any of several lakes. Jackson Washington State Forest has one handicapped site
suitable for a wheelchair access. The campground is wooded and nice and there
are designated hunting areas where you just might find that eight-point buck. Knob Lake
Spend a day, or spend a week, you are sure to enjoy your visit.
© Indiana Places 2016
© Indiana Places 2016