Hardin Ridge Recreation Area

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Hardin Ridge Recreation Area

6464 Hardin Ridge Road
Heltonville, IN 47436
United States
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Opens: April 
Closes: October 


Hardin Ridge is a 1,200-acre recreational complex located on the shores of Lake Monroe in Hoosier National Forest. The complex includes 200 shady campsites, 40 picnic sites, three shelter houses and two cabins.

The Hardin Ridge Trail is a 2-mile hiking and bicycle trail that runs from the day use area to the various campground loops. This trail roughly follows the main campground road and provides a safe surface for families to hike or bike, as well as a scenic overlook. 

Fishing is allowed anywhere along the lakeshore within the recreational complex, but several quiet inlets provide secluded fishing holes along the lake's banks. Popular catches include blue gill, striped bass, large mouth bass and crappie. 

On the Ted T. Turtle interpretive trail, visitors can travel 1.2 miles through a scenic hardwood forest, along a small creek and down to Lake Monroe and back. On the trail, visitors have the opportunity to learn about the history, geology, and wildlife common to southern Indiana. 


From Bedford, go 7 miles east on US 50. Go north on SR 446 for 12 miles and turn west on Chapel Hill Road and travel 2 miles to the Hardin Ridge Recreation Area.

From Bloomington, 46 and 446 intersection, go 14 miles south on SR 446. Turn west on Chapel Hill Road and travel 2 miles to the Hardin Ridge Recreation Area.

Hardin Ridge beach Indiana Camping
Hardin Ridge swim beach sunset