hickory ridge, hoosier national forest

Somewhere between Midwestern cornfields and Appalachia lie these rolling hardwood foothills you never knew existed. Inside the Hoosier National Forest, babbling brooks meander through diverse woodlands filled with old sycamore, beech, oak, columnar white and red pine and scruffy shagbark hickory trees.

Within the Hoosier lies the Hickory Ridge, providing mile after mile of pristine nature with plenty of trails to challenge all levels of hikers. You can camp at a known campground, or heed the call of adventure and blaze your own trail to a secluded bivouac founded by you, and you alone. Your guide will be there to give their expert advice on what makes a good campsite in the back-country.

Deploy: You know the drill. Bright and early at Osmium Coffee, 1117 W. Belmont, 6:15 a.m. Fridays.

Embark: At 12:30 p.m. Eastern, we hit the trails, then trade those trails for limestone filtered streams.

Return: How much serenity can you handle? Return either Sundays at 5:00 p.m. Central or Mondays at 3:00 p.m. Central for double or triple the good times.

$400/person for two nights of what the Dr. ordered

$550/person for a re-centering you didn't know you needed

Includes full outfitting, transportation and trail snacks.