Ferdinand State Forest



Location: From I-64, 2 miles north on US 231 to SR 264, which looks like an unusually bad state road; it deadends in Ferdinand.

Description: Not Visited, but since this is named after my favorite childhood story character, Ferdinand the Bull, I can't wait to visit. Hiking is along fire trails, but supposed to be decent. One of the several lakes has a beach which is noted as popular on summer weekends, although it is further noted that it otherwise has few visitors. 7,656 acres.

Nearby Points of Interest: Hoosier National Forest, Lincoln State Park; Saalman Hollow Nature Preserve; Buffalo Flat Nature Preserve. The books all say to check out the Convent of the Immaculate Conception (it's pretty spectaular, sitting over the tiny town like the Mothership from Close Encounters) in Ferdinand and St. Meinrad Abbey in St. Meinrad.

Cautions: Hunting seasons for deer, squirrel, rabbit and quail. Not so close to Santa Claus that you need to worry; but be cautious if visiting St. Meinrad or Lincoln State Park, which are very close to it.

Facilities: 68 camping sites; swimming beach with cold showers. Youth tent camping area by reservation for groups.


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