A Guide to the Knobstone Trail: Indiana's Longest Footpath

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Indiana University Press, Apr 1, 2011 - Nature - 160 pages
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One of the most beautiful footpaths in the country, the Knobstone Trail offers a spectacularly rugged, 58-mile trek through 40,000 acres of forested land in southern Indiana. A comprehensive guide to this scenic footpath, A Guide to the Knobstone Trail provides readers with all they need to know to make the best of hiking this challenging trail. Charts indicate camping and water locations, while up-to-date maps provide topographical information, elevations, and where horse trails intersect hiking trails. First-person accounts, trip diaries, local lore about trees, wildflowers, and animal life, plus the latest GPS information and elevation data are included. Well illustrated with more than 60 photographs and 19 maps, this easily portable guide is an essential backpacker's tool for a safe and memorable adventure.

 

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Contents

Part 1 History and Perspectives
7
1 The Lions Share of the Work
9
2 The Rough and Hard Labor
17
3 The End of an Era
23
4 Elements of the Knobstone
29
Part 2 Hiking the Knobstone Trail
39
5 Journey Preparation
41
6 The Deam Lake State Recreation Area
53
10 Leota to Elk Creek Lake
97
11 Elk Creek Lake to John Stuart Oxley Memorial
107
12 John Stuart Oxley Memorial to Spurgeon Hollow
113
13 Delaney Creek Park
119
14 Closing Contemplation
125
Part 3 Supplementary Materials
127
Directions to Parks and Trailheads
129
Evolution of the Trail Maps
131

7 Deam Lake to Jackson Road
55
8 Jackson Road to New Chapel
67
9 New Chapel to Leota
85
Bibliography
135
Index
137
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Nathan D. Strange is a writer and naturalist based in Lexington, Kentucky.

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