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Salamonie River State Forest 'cooling off in Hominy fall' © Hannah Ben Augspurger
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SALAMONIE RIVER STATE FOREST
SALAMONIE RIVER STATE FOREST

Reservations: 260-468-2125
Salamonie River State Forest
'cooling off in Hominy fall'

Salamonie River State Forest
'thirsty'

Salamonie River State Forest
'getting a drink'

Salamonie River State Forest
'beautiful weeds'

Salamonie River State Forest
'View from the Dam'
© Courtesy of Stephanie McMillan-Fort Wayne, IN

Salamonie River State Forest
'A short ride by the road'

Salamonie River State Forest
'Toe dippin... Hominy Falls'

Salamonie River State Forest
'Streams'
© Courtesy of Stephanie McMillan-Fort Wayne, IN

Salamonie River State Forest
'Natures Beauty'
© Courtesy of Stephanie McMillan-Fort Wayne, IN

Salamonie River State Forest
'Strange Part 2'
© Courtesy of Stephanie McMillan-Fort Wayne, IN

Salamonie River State Forest
'Nature can be strange...'
© Courtesy of Stephanie McMillan-Fort Wayne, IN

Salamonie River State Forest
'Breath-Taking Views'
© Courtesy of Stephanie McMillan-Fort Wayne, IN

Salamonie River State Forest
'Endless Trails'
© Courtesy of Stephanie McMillan-Fort Wayne, IN

Salamonie River State Forest
'Fireside'
© Courtesy of Stephanie McMillan-Fort Wayne, IN

Salamonie River State Forest
'Salamonie River'

Tranquility

Salamonie River State Forest
'Stay on the trail'

A huge drop off to the River.

Salamonie River State Forest
'View from the top'
© Courtesy of Stephanie McMillan-Fort Wayne, IN

Salamonie River State Forest
'View from the falls'
© Courtesy of Stephanie McMillan-Fort Wayne, IN

Salamonie River State Forest
'Waterfalls'
© Courtesy of Stephanie McMillan-Fort Wayne, IN

Salamonie River State Forest
'Sunshine'
© Courtesy of Stephanie McMillan-Fort Wayne, IN

Salamonie River State Forest
'Campground Decorating'
© Marsha Wade, Photographer

Each camp site was encouraged to decorate for the festival. This is just ONE of the hundreds of displays that families chose to show off their fun sides

Salamonie River State Forest
'Fall Festival Fun'
© Marsha Wade, Photographer

Campers were lining up for their tasty lunches while the kids and some adults were trick or treating from site to site.

Salamonie River State Forest
'Happy Munching'
© Marsha Wade, Photographer

This little fella was so intent on snacking that he didnt mind one bit that I was photographing him less than 3 feet away.

Salamonie River State Forest
'Shades of Pink'
© Marsha Wade, Photographer

Another group of flowers found in the tended garden at the Interpretive Center.

Salamonie River State Forest
'Sunlight on Ferns'
© Marsha Wade, Photographer

The sunlight filtering into the woods through the trees was breath-taking. I shot this pic on the Turkey Cove nature trail.

Salamonie River State Forest
'Turkey Cove Nature Trail'
© Marsha Wade, Photographer

This nature trail is an easy hike where a guest will find an abundance of wildflowers.

Salamonie River State Forest
'Tree by the Lake'
© Marsha Wade, Photographer

There are several of these empty trees by the place where boats are put into the water. They are so interesting because of the amount of limbs close to one another.

Salamonie River State Forest
'Wildflowers in Woods'
© Marsha Wade, Photographer

The woods around Salamonie River State Forest are filled with an abundance of wildflowers.

Salamonie River State Forest
'Red Berries'

Red Berries found while walking.

Salamonie River State Forest
'Hedge Apple'

Beautiful Hedge Apple Near Beach.

Salamonie River State Forest
'Hes 65...things to climb'
© Courtesy of Stephanie McMillan-Fort Wayne, IN

Salamonie River State Forest
'Pumpkin Fun'
© Marsha Wade, Photographer

Salamonie Lake has a wonderful celebration in the fall. The campgrounds are decorated by the families. Theres pumpkin carving, hayrides, contests, trick or treating, music, and all around fun.

Salamonie River State Forest
'postcard perfect'

The name Salamonie was derived from the Native American word "O-sah-mo-nee," which means "yellowpaint." Native Americans made yellow paint from the bloodroot plant which grew in great abundancealong the winding banks of the river. Salamonie River State Forest was created as a demonstration riverside forest for the reclamation oferoded land. The state forest was established in the mid 1930's when local people assisted the state inpurchasing the hilly land and bluffs along the Salamonie River. Most of the land's topsoil was erodedaway, making reclamation of the area a major challenge. To deal with this challenge, a 200-memberCivilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp was created. The CCC designed and planned the forest andrecreation facilities and opened a stone quarry. Several hundred acres of land were reforested and manyrecreation facilities were built, including Hominy Ridge Lake and the large stone shelter house that standsnear the lake. Today the forest encompasses 850 acres and offers many recreational opportunities to itsvisitors.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres850
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles9
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Shelters, #1
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bike Trailsyes
 Bridle Trailsyes
BoatingBoating Limits-1
 Launch Rampsyes
CampingPrimative, #32
 Electric Sitesyes
 Horsemen Campsites, #15
AccommodationsGolf Courseyes
Camping
Salamonie River State Forest offers 2 primitive(class C) campgrounds: family campground with 32campsites, and a horseman's camp with 15 sites. Campsites are available on a first come, first servebasis. Please self-register for camping at the campground entrance. Pit toilets and drinking water areavailable near sites.
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Picnicking
Close to Hominy Ridge Lake is a spacious shelterhouse which contains deep ovens and two fireplaces.Picnic tables are scattered throughout the area and a playground is also provided.
Trails
Hiking:

Hikers and horseback riders are advised to wear hunter orange or other bright clothing while on trails during hunting season.

Horse Trails Main Access Provides riders from outside the forest access to the trail system. A short trail with easy riding on mostlylevel terrain.

Wood DuckSeasonal trail, open from Memorial Day weekend through the end of October. It is closed during the restof the year due to wet trail conditions and hunting season. A flat area, with easy riding through stands ofpines. In late spring and early summer, riders may see or hear wood ducks in this area.

Riverview/BoundaryThis winding trail varies in topography as it meanders in and out of ravines and overlooks along theSalamonie River. It is moderately difficult to ride with some rugged areas that are more challenging.

Waterfall A moderately difficult trail that wanders in and out of ravines and provides views of two rocky gorges withwaterfalls.

Boundary/ReservoirThis easy trail provides access to the Salamonie Reservoir Bridle Trail. Maps of this trail are available inthe self-registration station in the Horseman's Camp and at the state forest and reservoir offices.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 28 Good Hiking nearby by kheiland
We enjoy the Hiking Trails or Horse Trails, The falls are cool especially in the winter,You can see eagles over River,We also visit Salamoni Lake,France Park,Turkey Run ,Shades,and Clifty Falls and Mississinewa often , get out and enjoy.
August 30 Horse Trails
I use to go here as a young girl with my family and our horses. I loved riding my horse through the beautiful trails. I really enjoyed going when the leaves were just starting to change color.
July 25 ok for short visit
stopped off here on x country trip. good sites for such a cheap rate. other campers respectful.


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Salamonie River State Forest
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