By Nathan D. Strange
The most appealing footpaths within the state, the Knobstone path bargains a spectacularly rugged, 58-mile trek via 40,000 acres of forested land in southern Indiana. A finished advisor to this scenic footpath, A consultant to the Knobstone path presents readers with all they should understand to make the easiest of mountain climbing this demanding path. Charts point out camping out and water destinations, whereas updated maps supply topographical info, elevations, and the place horse trails intersect mountaineering trails. First-person debts, journey diaries, neighborhood lore approximately bushes, wildflowers, and animal existence, plus the newest GPS info and elevation facts are incorporated. good illustrated with greater than 60 photos and 19 maps, this simply moveable advisor is a necessary backpacker's device for a secure and noteworthy event. (2011)
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Steeped in mystery, they were once a common feature across the eastern forests of the United States. Formed by bending and tying down a young sapling, they served as a powerful tool in the daily cultural life of Native American people. These human-shaped guides served as an unwritten form of communication pointing toward significant sites such as large bodies of fresh water and tribal boundaries, and may have defined important trails. The typical Native American tree is a white oak with a bend several feet from its base, with the main trunk extending horizontally for several more feet.
Many of the hilltops were so deeply wooded that all one could see for miles were trees. In the era before computer-aided technology, trail layout was solely based on topographic maps and information available from using compasses, altimeters, and rangefinders. In some cases, the trail had to cross at a theoretical point where 2 corners of state property touched, necessitating an educated guess as to exactly where the property lines fell. In many cases the land owned by the state was squeezed so tightly between 2 pieces of privately owned land that there was no way to avoid constructing the trail directly over a steep hill, making the section incredibly difficult to traverse.
Only once an area seems to be getting especially heavy use and damage can law enforcement personnel focus their efforts in apprehending the guilty party. Once someone is caught, word spreads and the illegal use of the trail ceases, but only for a while. To report illegal activity, contact DNR conservation officers. All horses brought, driven, or ridden into Clark State Forest must have a valid annual horse use tag. Primitive Backpacking and Camping Despite the many pre-existing camp locations recorded in this book, many of which are technically illegal, according to the Department of Natural Resources all camping must remain on public lands at least 1 mile away from all roads, recreations areas, and trailheads while also remaining out of sight of the trail and all lakes.
A Guide to the Knobstone Trail: Indiana's Longest Footpath (Indiana Natural Science) by Nathan D. Strange