By Nathan D. Strange
Essentially the most appealing footpaths within the nation, the Knobstone path deals a spectacularly rugged, 58-mile trek via 40,000 acres of forested land in southern Indiana. A complete consultant to this scenic footpath, A advisor to the Knobstone path presents readers with all they should be aware of to make the simplest of mountain climbing this difficult path. Charts point out camping out and water destinations, whereas updated maps supply topographical info, elevations, and the place horse trails intersect mountaineering trails. First-person debts, journey diaries, neighborhood lore approximately timber, wildflowers, and animal lifestyles, plus the newest GPS info and elevation information are incorporated. good illustrated with greater than 60 images and 19 maps, this simply moveable consultant is a necessary backpacker's instrument for a secure and remarkable event. (2011)
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Through steady cooperation and effort, the DNR was able to add 346 acres to the Elk Creek area in 1982. This provided needed property for extending the trail. The pristine land provided hikers and hunters with a variety of ridgetops and bottomlands, creating a perfect wildlife habitat for deer, grouse, and wild turkey. A poem about the area by an unknown author was published in a 1986 bulletin, Fish and Wildlife Restoration in Indiana. According to the bulletin’s author, the poem was recovered from an Elk Creek document written the night before the formal dedication.
In some cases, the trail had to cross at a theoretical point where 2 corners of state property touched, necessitating an educated guess as to exactly where the property lines fell. In many cases the land owned by the state was squeezed so tightly between 2 pieces of privately owned land that there was no way to avoid constructing the trail directly over a steep hill, making the section incredibly difficult to traverse. indb 20 11/5/10 10:25 AM T h e R oug h a n d H a r d L a b o r fashion each day to extend the trail.
The section of trail between Mile Markers 17 and 19 exemplifies this extreme disturbance and has received the most damage. By 2005, the trail had become a swamp in the rainy season, and as of 2010 it remains the same. Attempts have been made by hikers to keep horses off this precious resource. indb 45 11/5/10 10:26 AM Hi k i n g t h e K n ob s t on e T r a i l of being shot with a rifle. However, since the KT passes these horse paths so often and for such long distances, the conflict over the 2 activities might never be resolved.