Jackson County offers big adventure and there’s no better time to enjoy it than this fall! Beautiful forests, a national wildlife refuge and a state recreation area offer miles of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails, as well as fishing, hunting and camping opportunities.
Fall foliage is at its best in Jackson County, with beautiful vistas, gorgeous peaks and rolling hills. Skyline Drive, one of the highest points in the county, offers many vistas for a nearly 360 degree view of the county’s fall masterpieces. A fire tower is on the property and beckons to be climbed. Multiple hiking, biking and horseback riding trails are featured on and around Skyline Drive in the Jackson-Washington State Forest, near Vallonia. Offering camping, a picturesque lake and even cabins, is Starve Hollow State Recreation Area. Fishing, hiking and boating are offered and there’s a Halloween party!
The Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, Seymour, offers nearly 8,000 acres of wetlands for migrating birds. Hundreds of species make their home at the Refuge, including bald eagles and even a bobcat or two. Several hiking trails are offered, as are many chances to experience wildlife. An interpretive center and bookstore is a must see. In October, stop by the Refuge for Log Cabin Day and see the bald eagle’s nest. The Muscatatuck Wildlife Refuge celebrates 50 years in 2016, so make sure to say “Happy Anniversary.”
A portion of the Hoosier National Forest makes its home in Jackson County and is like a little piece of heaven to the outdoor enthusiast. Horse camps are available and there are many, many trails for horseback riding, hiking, biking and becoming one with nature.
If nature is what you seek this fall, add Jackson County, Indiana to your must-see list. We will be waiting for you!