Hickory Ridge Trails
Hickory Ridge Trails offers users 48.7 miles of loops, lines, and connecting routes penetrating deeply through both cool dense forests of hardwood trees and open meadows with scenic beauty at every view.
Hickory Ridge trails are located in Jackson County near the southern town of Norman IN. (southeast of Lake Monroe ) within the Hoosier National Forest . From SR 446 take Hwy. 58 to CR 1250W. The trailhead and campground is on the left side of the road.
This multi-user trail is mostly single-track surface with some fire roads, designated for horse riders, mountain bikers, and hikers (motorized travel is not permitted). Ranging from easy at the ridge top to the more difficult terrain of the down hill and ravine trails, Hickory Ridge has trails for every skill level. Well marked trails with detailed maps make navigating easier.
Other points of interests one may find along the 20 segments of trails include the Hickory Grove Church , the Maumee Boy Scout Reservation and the Hickory Ridge Horse Camp. Or you may simply enjoy a quiet afternoon fishing in one of several ponds scattered throughout providing a haven for wildlife and wildlife enthusiasts.
Horse Riders, Hikers and Bicyclists are welcome to bed down at a primitive campground which is set up for both humans and horses. Pit toilets are available for human use. Hitching posts and watering stations are available for resting horses overnight. The watering stations are not for human use. The National Forest offers parking near to the campground.
As on any multi-user trail, the use of proper trail etiquette by yielding the “right of way” will ensure everyone’s safety.
- Mountain bikers yield to horse riders and hikers making your approach well known in advance.
- Hikers yield to horse riders.
- Horse riders maintain control of your horse.
- Do not litter or leave trash.
Other safety concerns to consider include wearing a blaze orange vest and always be aware of your surroundings. Take extra precautions during deer hunting season. Horse riders and mountain bikers are required to purchase a trail permit.
Explore, discover and enjoy! It’s great fun for the entire family.