Yellowwood State Forest

State: Indiana

Address 1: 772 South Yellowwood Road

City: Nashville

Zip: 47449

Phone: 812-988-7945

Open: Open all year

Number of Sites: 80

Camp URL:

Full Hook: Yes

Primitive (Class C) campsites are centrally located within the forest and around Yellowwood Lake. See the fees page for a list of camping fees. There are 80 designated campsites south of the Forest Office and a carry-in tent site area north of the office. Vault toilets and drinking water are available near the campsites. Two playgrounds are located within the campground area. A Class C Horsemen’s Camp with 10 sites is located south of the primitive campsites, and is convenient to the many miles of horse trails that wander through the forest. Please register for camping at the Forest Office. Camping reservations are not taken.

Hiking Trails
Jackson Creek Trail – 1.5 miles
Self-guiding interpretive trail. Traverses a variety of terrain and forest types. Trail begins 3/4 mile north of the Forest Office.
High King Trail – .5 miles
Steep trail cut through a heavily forested hillside. The trail leads up to a scenic view, returning to starting point along the same path, and connects with the end of Scarce of Fat Trail. Trail begins below dam about 1 1/2 miles from the Forest Office.
Lake Trail – 4.5 miles
This trail loops completely around Yellowwood Lake. The trail uses several segment of other marked trails so caution to follow the right trail is needed. The path also requires you to navigate a shallow stream crossing. On the west side of the lake you will pass through an area that has been designated as Old Forest and will one day take on the characteristics of Old Growth Forest.
Scarce O’ Fat Trail – 4 miles
Some parts follow fire trails, so watch for trail markers. Begins just north of High King Trail along road to the spillway.
Tecumseh Trail – 42 miles
This trail follows the proposed national Tecumseh Trail route that was to to span from Florida Yellowwood Lake from Fishing Dockto Canada. The trail begins near the head of Panther Creek. The trail ends 42 miles later at the Morgan-Monroe Office. Trailheads are located near Crooked Creek Lake, the north boat ramp at Yellowwood Lake, at Prange Pond on Dubois Ridge Road, at Bear Lake and at the Morgan-Monroe office.

The 133-acre Yellowwood Lake 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.

Gold Panning
Panning for gold is permitted on Morgan-Monroe and Yellowwood State Forests. A gold panning permit is required! The permit, which can be obtained free of charge, allows for panning gold on a hobby basis. The displacement of any material through use of a pick, shovel or sluice is not allowed due to concern for water quality.