Knobstone Trail: FAQs

I have read that there is not water on many parts of the trail. Is this true?
Yes, it's very true. The only places that you are guaranteed to get water are at Elk Creek Lake, Deam Lake, and the small stream that runs along SR 56. A small pond near mile13 can also provide water in dry times. High concentrations of algae may clog filters, so be prepared. During the dry parts of the year, everything else can dry up.

Yes, really. There are no springs, fountains or other water supplies along the trail or at trailheads.

Is it like that all year?
No. If there has been recent rain, there will be many small intermittent streams flowing along the trail. July, Aug., and Sept. are the worst times to find water.

What are we supposed to do for water then?
The DNR recommends you cache water at strategic places near trailheads or road crossings. Please mark your supplies with the intended date of usage. This will allow our crews to get rid of old or unused items. It is better to be safe than dehydrated in the woods. Water is the most important thing to bring with you on the trail. Dehydration is the largest problem hikers on the Knobstone Trail have.

I want to hike the entire trail, how do I get my car to the other end?
Snappy Shuttle offers shuttle service, food and water caching.

What volunteer opportunities are there on the Knobstone?
The Hoosier Hikers Council has an established volunteer program that helps maintain, improve and expand the Knobstone Trail. Individuals and groups alike are needed to help with Indiana trails.

Are there any fees to hike or camp?
No. Backwoods camping is the only camping allowed and it is free. We strongly encourage campers to call the South Region HQ at (812) 837-9536 and let them know about overnight stays on the trail. The general guidelines on the previous page have more information about camping and trail use.

There are places that have trail damaged from illegal ATV and horse use. What are you going to do about this?
The remoteness of the trail that makes it so appealing to hikers, also makes it extremely difficult for our Conservation Officers to witness and apprehend those who ride horses and motorized vehicles illegally on the trail. By the time the activity is reported and an officer arrives, the offenders are generally nowhere to be found. When there is an area that seems to be getting especially heavy use and damage, Law Enforcement personnel can and have focused efforts that resulted in nabbing the culprits. Word quickly spreads, and for a while, the undesired activity ceases. If you see abuses occurring, or evidence of such, please do report it at once to DNR Conservation Officers. They can be reached at District 8 Headquarters (812) 685-2498 or 2499, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. or South Region Headquarters at (812) 837-9536, 8 a.m. - midnight seven days a week.