Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area




Location: From I-65 south of Indianapolis, take exit #80 at SR 252, then west on 252 to US 31, south on 31 a short way to the property entrance.

Description: It's big. It's near the Hoosier National Forest. It used to be an army camp. The 35,000 (!) acres next to the area still are in use by the National Guard. Most flat or rolling lands, with some ravines along Sugar Creek, whic has a couple of canoe put-in points. There are some marshes and ponds/lakes; mostly grassland with some small areas (relatively--about 400 acres) of forest. Birdwatching is good here, especially from observation towers near the marshes.

Nearby Points of Interest: Hoosier National Forest, Yellowwood State Forest, Morgan Monroe State Forest, Brown County State Park, Hitz Rhodehamel Woods, Whip-poor-will woods.

Cautions: Hunting is big here, so keep hunting seasons in mind.

Facilities: Contradictory reports on camping; one DNR says yes, another says no. No trails, but lots of old roads cross the facility. Some lookout platforms near the marshes.


National Forest