By Nathan D. Strange
Some of the most appealing footpaths within the nation, the Knobstone path bargains a spectacularly rugged, 58-mile trek via 40,000 acres of forested land in southern Indiana. A accomplished advisor to this scenic footpath, A advisor to the Knobstone path presents readers with all they should recognize to make the simplest of mountain climbing this not easy path. Charts point out tenting and water destinations, whereas updated maps offer topographical details, elevations, and the place horse trails intersect mountain climbing trails. First-person bills, journey diaries, neighborhood lore approximately timber, wildflowers, and animal existence, plus the most recent GPS info and elevation facts are integrated. good illustrated with greater than 60 images and 19 maps, this simply transportable consultant is a necessary backpacker's instrument for a secure and noteworthy experience. (2011)
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This will ensure that other hikers do not have to cross through a camp, thereby helping to maintain the solitude of the trail. When creating a new camp, make every effort to do as little damage as possible to the ground and surrounding plant life by choosing the most open and remote areas off trail. Past experience shows that low-lying valleys and creek beds, some of which stretch off trail a minimum distance of 100 feet, serve as the best opportunity to find level open campsites. 50 Existing camp Round Knob—scenic view with existing camp Scenic view with camp, rock shelter Existing camp Scenic view with existing camp Existing camp Existing camp Low wetland and existing camp Low wetland and existing camp Low wetland and existing camp Low wetland and existing camp Scenic view and existing camp Scenic view and existing camp Existing camp Existing camp Elk Creek Lake existing camp Existing camp Existing camp Existing camp Existing camp Existing camp Existing camp Existing camp in Virginia pine forest Existing camp Delaney Creek Park—camping, showers, phone Jou r n e y P r e pa r at i on ground or discard trash along the trail edges, the same could be said about campers not following “leave no trace” practices.
Most of the other people involved with the creation of the trail have also moved on and, much like the trail history over the years, seem to have become lost in the paperwork. The Knobstone Trail, created from 1977 to 1990, remains Indiana’s longest footpath and one of the state’s best-kept secrets. There has been little publicity about the trail, except for an Outdoor Indiana article identifying the trail as one of the state’s “great places” and an occasional newspaper article. Many local residents remain unaware that the trail even exists.
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. Not soon shall you—unto the north— When come torrential rains, Discharge your angry waters forth On Muscatatuckian plains Tho’ now by man-made fingers held, Does not thy spirit see That outlet gate amidst dirt weld Cannot forever stifle thee?
A Guide to the Knobstone Trail: Indiana's Longest Footpath (Indiana Natural Science) by Nathan D. Strange