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No matter the time of year, Indiana is an excellent place to camp. The state has an abundance of places to backpack through and camp overnight, but here are the five most beautiful spots that should be on your list! Before taking a trip, be sure to check out tips brought to you by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources!


One of the best spots to backpack through and camp out is the Knobstone Trail. The trail is not for the faint of heart, as it is 58 miles and is often compared to the Appalachian Trail. It is Indiana’s longest footpath, and passes through several state forests. What makes this trail a perfect spot are the views. Once you’ve climbed several feet, you see the lay of the land for miles, and it really feels as if you’ve stepped out of Indiana and into the Appalachian Mountain area. Backpack camping is allowed, but only on public lands. It’s also suggested that overnight campers register at one of the nearby property offices, and that campers be sure to bring their own water supply. During much of the year, the trail is bare and has no incoming water source. For tips on hiking the Knobstone Trail, be sure to visit the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

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