The Charles C. Deam Wilderness offers 36 miles of trails for hiking, backpacking, and horse riding through scenic hardwood forest and varied terrain with views of nearby Monroe Lake. The area was designated a wilderness in 1982 and encompasses nearly 12,953 acres of the Hoosier National Forest.


Bloomington, IN 47401


Contact: (812) 275-5987

Length: 36 Mile trail system

Level: 1-2

Type: Riding, Hiking

Terrain: Hills, woods

Parking/Staging: There are five trailheads with parking. Parking is limited at Hays and Hunter Creek trailheads.

Camping: There are 25 designated backcountry campsites. Horses are permitted at sites 13 and 25 ONLY (see map).

Directions: From east State Route 46 in Bloomington, take State Route 446 south to Tower Ridge Road. You will see a sign for the Charles C. Deam Wilderness and the Maumee Boy Scout Camp. This gravel road is after the lake and on the left as you are heading south. The Wilderness boundary begins just a few hundred feet down this road and continues for several miles.