By Nathan D. Strange
Probably the most appealing footpaths within the state, the Knobstone path bargains a spectacularly rugged, 58-mile trek via 40,000 acres of forested land in southern Indiana. A entire advisor to this scenic footpath, A advisor to the Knobstone path presents readers with all they should understand to make the easiest of climbing this hard path. Charts point out camping out and water destinations, whereas up to date maps offer topographical info, elevations, and the place horse trails intersect climbing trails. First-person debts, journey diaries, neighborhood lore approximately bushes, wildflowers, and animal existence, plus the newest GPS details and elevation information are integrated. good illustrated with greater than 60 photos and 19 maps, this simply moveable advisor is a vital backpacker's software for a secure and remarkable event. (2011)
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He could not quite understand the thrill and fun connected with the rigors of trail layout and construction and the recreational activity of long-distance backcountry hiking and camping. Eventually, Zak and others caught on to the excitement of what was being created. Longdistance trails were sprouting up all over the nation. Jay Martindale was one of the early Streams and Trails specialists who worked on the KT, creating a trail-building manual to guide construction. The philosophy in routing the trail included an attempt to vary the type of terrain and views afforded from the trail.
Only on early maps is the area titled as such. Ultimately the bulk of the trail construction heading north was done by trail volunteers. Volunteer groups such as the Indianapolis Hiking Club and the Youth Conservation Board of Washington County accomplished a great deal. Because of the dedication of these and other groups, on occasion it was noted in trail reports that it was a challenge to come up with enough work to keep them busy for an entire day. With the help of the Indiana Wilderness Challenge program, the trail extension from the Leota Trailhead to Elk Creek Lake State Fishing Area began in November of 1981.
Having experience and memories of the Knobstone Trail, John’s friends referred the family to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. On March 24, 1999, the idea of creating a memorial for John at a currently used grassy area located in Jackson-Washington State Forest was brought to the Natural Resources Commission. indb 35 11/5/10 10:26 AM Hi s t o r y a n d Pe r s p e c t i v e s Indiana DNR employees pose at the dedication ceremony for the John Stuart Oxley Memorial Trailhead—April 24, 1999.
A Guide to the Knobstone Trail: Indiana's Longest Footpath (Indiana Natural Science) by Nathan D. Strange