If you like to explore the outdoors and have an interest in technology, this program is for you! U.S. Forest Service staff will be at Tipsaw Lake Recreation Area from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. central time and Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. eastern time on Friday, July 27, to share information about National Forest System lands and demonstrate some ways that technology can assist you in exploring those lands. Stop by and chat with Hoosier National Forest staff about what maps are available and how to get them, both printed and digital. You can also bring your favorite electronic device, such as a smart phone, tablet or laptop, and learn how to use digital map products to enhance your outdoor activities and give you peace of mind about reducing your risk of getting lost. After the demonstration, you can use your new found knowledge to explore the trails in the surrounding areas. This activity is part of the U.S. Forest Service’s “It’s All Yours” campaign, an effort to connect all Americans to their national forests and grasslands. #ItsAllYours
Tipsaw Lake Recreation Area is located 6 miles south of Interstate 64 off State Highway 37 in Perry County. Please note it is in the central time zone and there is a $5 per vehicle fee for the day use area. A 5.9 mile trail for hiking or mountain biking runs from the day use area around the lake. The trail includes scenic overlooks of the lake and valley, and traverses a variety of different forest types. The Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower is located in Monroe County, adjacent to the Charles C. Deam Wilderness. It can be accessed from Tower Ridge Road, off State Highway 446, south of Bloomington. Please note it is in the eastern time zone and the tower is approximately 6.5 miles down Tower Ridge Rd. The Wilderness area offers 37 miles of trails for hiking and horse riding.
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