By Nathan D. Strange
Probably the most appealing footpaths within the nation, the Knobstone path deals a spectacularly rugged, 58-mile trek via 40,000 acres of forested land in southern Indiana. A accomplished advisor to this scenic footpath, A consultant to the Knobstone path offers readers with all they should be aware of to make the easiest of mountaineering this tough path. Charts point out tenting and water destinations, whereas updated maps offer topographical details, elevations, and the place horse trails intersect climbing trails. First-person debts, journey diaries, neighborhood lore approximately bushes, wildflowers, and animal existence, plus the newest GPS details and elevation information are incorporated. good illustrated with greater than 60 photos and 19 maps, this simply transportable consultant is a vital backpacker's device for a secure and remarkable experience. (2011)
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Extra resources for A Guide to the Knobstone Trail: Indiana's Longest Footpath (Indiana Natural Science)
Payne agreed to help improve the 5-mile northern section of the loop trail, making it easier to find, use, and tie the 8-mile loop trail into the Knobstone Trail. He knew there would be extra trail construction work, but the section of the trail along the ridge in Delaney Creek Park contained excellent backcountry camping sites, while the developed campground in the park provided a safe and convenient place for people to leave vehicles. Delaney Creek Park reciprocated by providing the DNR’s south Streams and Trails field crew a place to stay in the campground and a convenient base camp for workers for several years.
Mark water containers with a name and an intended date of usage. This allows forest crews to discard old unused items. Another recommendation is to tape the lids to identify if the containers have been tampered with. Carry out used containers and please be sure to not leave any unused containers behind. Be Conscientious with Waste Where restrooms are not available, which is almost everywhere along the trail, avoid contamination to natural resources by using an area at least 200 feet from any water supply and camping zone.
The pristine land provided hikers and hunters with a variety of ridgetops and bottomlands, creating a perfect wildlife habitat for deer, grouse, and wild turkey. A poem about the area by an unknown author was published in a 1986 bulletin, Fish and Wildlife Restoration in Indiana. According to the bulletin’s author, the poem was recovered from an Elk Creek document written the night before the formal dedication. indb 23 11/5/10 10:25 AM Hi s t o r y a n d Pe r s p e c t i v e s Ode to Elk Creek O, rugged valley among the hills, Tucked under the Knobstones’ crest This structure traps your brooks and rills And creates this pool upon your breast.
A Guide to the Knobstone Trail: Indiana's Longest Footpath (Indiana Natural Science) by Nathan D. Strange