SUBSCRIBE | NEWSLETTERS | MAPS | VIDEOS | BLOGS | MARKETPLACE | CONTESTS
TRY BACKPACKER FREE!
SUBSCRIBE NOW and get
2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.

Also on Backpacker.com


Enter Zip Code

Backpacker Magazine – April 1999

Hoosier High Country's Uplifting Experience

You won't get a nosebleed on the Knobstone Trail, but you will get a taste of Hoosier high country.

by: Phil Bloom

PAGE 1 2

QUICK TAKE: Knobstone Trail, IN

DRIVE TIME: The south terminus near Deam Lake State Recreation Area is 25 miles (45 minutes) north of Louisville, Kentucky. The north terminus at Delaney Park between Brownstown and Salem is about 80 miles (just under 2 hours) from Indianapolis and 260 miles (41/2 hours) from Chicago.

THE WAY: To Deam Lake Trailhead from I-65 at Sellersburg (exit 9), go south on IN 311 to IN 60. Turn right (west) on IN 60 and go 8.5 miles to Deam Lake SRA road. Turn right, then go to the intersection of Broom Hill and Wilson Switch Roads. Turn right, and go 1.4 miles to the trailhead parking lot on the left. The trail is on the right side of the road.

TRAILS: Hike the 58-mile KT in weekend-length sections, like the 9-mile trip from Leota to New Chapel through the lush North Branch Valley, or hike the whole thing in four to five leisurely days. Camping, within specified guidelines, is permitted along the trail, but water sources can be scarce.

ELEVATION: The high point is Round Knob at 1,001 feet. More than a dozen knobs exceed 900 feet and require climbs of 300 to 400 vertical feet.

CAN'T MISS: Some of the oldest tree stands in the state are found at the southern end of the KT.

CROWD CONTROL: The Leota to New Chapel and New Chapel to Jackson Road legs are less traveled than elsewhere on the KT.

PIT STOP: In Starlight, a hilltop burg off IN 60 at the south end of the KT, both the Huber Winery and Huber Family Restaurant offer plenty to eat and drink, as well as a farm market.

WALK SOFTLY: Several unique plant species populate the KT area, but none is more unusual than Deam's foxglove, which grows nowhere else in the world.

MAPS AND GUIDES: The Indiana Department of Natural Resources offers a free map (address below).

MORE INFORMATION: IDNR Division of Outdoor Recreation, 402 W. Washington St., Room 271, Indianapolis,IN 46204; (317) 232-4070; www.dnr.state.in.us/outdoor/index.htm.


PAGE 1 2


Subscribe to Backpacker magazine
Sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter
Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip:
Email (req):

Reader Rating: -

ADD A COMMENT

Your rating:
Your Name:

Comment:

My Profile Join Now

Most recent threads

Trailhead Register
Thoughts on a FB group
Posted On: Jul 31, 2014
Submitted By: RumiDude
The Political Arena
Israel/Gaza Conflict
Posted On: Jul 31, 2014
Submitted By: Ben2World
Go
View all Gear
Find a retailer

Special sections - Expert handbooks for key trails, techniques and gear

Check out Montana in Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride
Warren Miller athletes charge hard and reflect on Big Sky country, their love for this space and the immense energy allotted to the people who reside in Montana.

Boost Your Apps
Add powerful tools and exclusive maps to your BACKPACKER apps through our partnership with Trimble Outdoors.

Carry the Best Maps
With BACKPACKER PRO Maps, get life-list destinations and local trips on adventure-ready waterproof myTopo paper.

FREE Rocky Mountain Trip Planner
Sign up for a free Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning kit from our sister site MyRockyMountainPark.com.

Follow BackpackerMag on Twitter Follow Backpacker on Facebook
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
City:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
State:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions