Firewood Alert: The Hoosier National Forest (HNF) has prohibited the possession, storage or transportation on the Hoosier National Forest of any hardwood firewood that originates off the Hoosier National Forest. The exception is downed wood gathered on the forest for firewood, processed lumber that does not contain nails, firewood that has been certified by the USDA APHIS or Indiana DNR, and pine firewood. This is to prevent the spread the Emerald Ash Borer and other exotic insect pests. Many local vendors and large retailers supply certified firewood. Certified firewood is also available for purchase at the campground. A list of known vendors can be accessed at http://www.in.gov/dnr/entomolo/files/ep-CA_firewood.pdf.

Firewood is defined as any part or portion of a tree that has been cut and removed from its original location and is to be used as fuel for heating or cooking in an open pit, grill, fireplace, or stove.

HARDIN RIDGE, IN

Hardin Ridge is a 1,200-acre recreational complex located on the shores of Monroe Reservoir in Hooiser National Forest. The complex includes six shady campground loops, 40 picnic sites, three shelter houses and two cabins. The area offers something for everyone, with activities ...
Status: Open through Mon Oct 13 2014   Season Dates

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  • All visitors must purchase a daily parking permit during the recreation season (April 15-October 15); The permit is $5/vehicle and buses are $25
  • Each campsite fee includes one vehicle (single) and two vehicles (double). There is a $5.00 charge per day for the second vehicle, and $5.00 charge per day for any additional vehicle. Maximum two vehicles per single site, and four vehicles per double site.
  • Racoons may frequent the area: please keep all garbage and food sealed and secured at all times
  • Do not dump gray water or sewage on the grounds; there is a dump station located near the gatehouse
  • Pets are not allowed in the cabins; in all other locations pets must be on a leash at all times
  • Click here for more information on the Hoosier National Forest
  • Don't move firewood: To limit the spread of invasive tree-killing pests, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Some states have quarantines and may confiscate your firewood. Please help protect our forests from invasive species by obtaining your firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Visit dontmovefirewood.org for more information.
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*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Overview

Overview

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

The area offers something for everyone, with activities like camping, picnicking, boat launching, swimming, nature walks, and interpretive programs offered in a forested environment.

Natural Features:

Monroe Reservoir spans 10,750-acres and is the largest lake in Indiana. There is an overlook on Hardin Ridge Road that is spectacular in any season and gives visitors a high vantage point of the lake, colorful marinas across the water and a vast expanse of forest.

The entire area is forested with hardwoods and is well-shaded to give visitors the feel of being in the deep woods. In spring, the dogwoods and redbuds bring bright color to the forest and in fall, the foliage offers colors in vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red.

Recreation:

A 300-foot swimming beach on Lake Monroe offers a place for children to play and swimmers to sunbathe and enjoy the water. The beach offers a combination of sand and sun, with a shady grass-covered hillside above. There are no lifeguards on duty. No glass containers or pets are allowed in the beach area.

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.

For visitors interested in boating, the lake has a 3-lane launch ramp that is open year-round. A 75 vehicle/trailer parking area is also available as well as a fully accessible loading dock provided at the boat ramp. Pedal boats are available to rent.

Facilities:

There are 203 camp sites at Hardin Ridge, 36 of which are walk-in sites. With the exception of Eads and Southern Point loops, the areas have electric hookups at about half the sites (walk-in sites to do not have electric hookups). Centralized water, flush toilets and showers are provided.

In addition to the campground loops, there are 40 picnic sites and three shelter houses, two of which overlook the lake. If the shelters are not reserved, they may be available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is ample space in the fields around the picnic sites for games.

The Hardin Ridge Recreation Area has two primitive cabins available for rent. The cabins each offer 6 bunk beds, one of which is a double bed, for a total sleeping capacity of 7 people. The cabins are located on the shores of Lake Monroe, right next to the boat launch and swimming beach. There is a picnic shelter nearby and a shared toilet between the two facilities.

Booking Window

CABIN ELECTRIC

Fri Sep 26 2014 - Sun Mar 22 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

GROUP SHELTER NONELECTRIC

Fri Sep 26 2014 - Tue Sep 22 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

MANAGEMENT

Fri Sep 26 2014 - Sun Mar 22 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

RV ELECTRIC

Fri Sep 26 2014 - Sun Mar 22 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

RV NONELECTRIC

Fri Sep 26 2014 - Sun Mar 22 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD ELECTRIC

Fri Sep 26 2014 - Sun Mar 22 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD NONELECTRIC

Fri Sep 26 2014 - Sun Mar 22 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC

Fri Sep 26 2014 - Sun Mar 22 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Walk In Tue Sep 16 2014 Mon Oct 13 2014
Walk In Wed Apr 15 2015 Thu May 14 2015
Peak Fri May 15 2015 Tue Sep 15 2015
Walk In Wed Sep 16 2015 Thu Oct 15 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Beach
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Bunk Beds
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Rings
  • Comfort Station
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Ice Machine
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Mountain Biking
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Swimming
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy

Special Policy Applicable to this Facility
Cabins require $75 cleaning/damage deposit upon arrival at recreation area.
Each campsite fee includes one vehicle (single) and two vehicles (double). There is a $5.00 charge per day for the second vehicle, and $5.00 charge per day for any additional vehicle. Maximum two vehicles per single site, and four vehicles per double site.

Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Walk In Season
Sep 16 2014 -
Oct 13 2014
WALK TO $20.00
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $20.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $20.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $20.00-$38.00
RV NONELECTRIC $20.00
RV ELECTRIC $20.00
MANAGEMENT N/A
GROUP SHELTER NONELECTRIC $30.00
CABIN ELECTRIC $50.00
Walk In Season
Apr 15 2015 -
May 14 2015
WALK TO $20.00
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $20.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $20.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $20.00-$38.00
RV NONELECTRIC $20.00
RV ELECTRIC $20.00
MANAGEMENT N/A
GROUP SHELTER NONELECTRIC $30.00
CABIN ELECTRIC $50.00
Peak Season
May 15 2015 -
Sep 15 2015
WALK TO $20.00
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $20.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $20.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $20.00-$38.00
RV NONELECTRIC $20.00
RV ELECTRIC $20.00
MANAGEMENT N/A
GROUP SHELTER NONELECTRIC $30.00
CABIN ELECTRIC $50.00
Walk In Season
Sep 16 2015 -
Oct 15 2015
WALK TO $20.00
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $20.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $20.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $20.00-$38.00
RV NONELECTRIC $20.00
RV ELECTRIC $20.00
MANAGEMENT N/A
GROUP SHELTER NONELECTRIC $30.00
CABIN ELECTRIC $50.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.01028, -86.42889
39°0'37"N, 86°25'44"W

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.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

HARDIN RIDGE
6464 Hardin Ridge Rd
Heltonville  IN  47436

Phone Number:

Information:  (812)837-9453