Pike State Forest was placed under the management of Ferdinand State Forest in July 1997. The Pike State Forest consists of 2,939 acres in southwestern Indiana. Acquisition of the land that makes up Pike State Forest began in the 1930s, and continued through the 1950s. Most of the buildings on the property were constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) using material cut from local timber stands.
Topography at Pike State Forest varies from hilly uplands to the low bottomlands of the Patoka River. Because of the diversity of sites, a wide variety of plant and animal life make their homes at Pike. Several recreational opportunities are available at Pike State Forest, including hunting, horseback riding, picnicking, bird watching and hiking.
Primitive camping is available for a fee. Campsites are available on a first come, first serve basis. Self-registration is required. Pit toilets and seasonal drinking water are available. There is a picnic table and grill located on each site. Eleven sites are available in the family camping area and 25 sites are located in the Horseman's Campground.
Hiking is available on the forest property's firelanes and bridle trails. All horses brought, driven or ridden onto the State Forest must have a valid annual horse use tag. Hikers and horseback riders are advised to wear hunter orange or other bright clothing while on trails during hunting season.
Picnic areas with picnic tables and grills are available for day use. A picnic shelter and playground are also available.
Whitetail deer, turkey, squirrel, fox, and raccoon. A valid hunting license is required.
The Patoka River is accessible for fishing. A valid Indiana fishing license is required.
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