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Yellowwood State Forest, Nashville

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Yellowwood State Forest, originally Beanblossom Land Utilization Project, is a state forest located in Brown County, Indiana, near the more famous Brown County State Park. The forest features seventeen different areas within Brown County, comprising 23326acre in total. The name of the forest is derived from the yellowwood, a tree seldom found this far north in the United States; it flowers here only every three to five years. The yellowwood groves make up only 200acre of the park, although one tree has been planted by the forest office.
The forest preserve was established during the Great Depression, when work crews from the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration built many of the structures still in use today. In 1940 the United States government leased the forest land to the state of Indiana, with Indiana being deeded the land in 1956. In 1994 and 1995 sixty-six additional acres (27 ha) of land in total were given to the forest.
Recreation in the park consists of camping, hunting, fishing, and hiking. The Tecumseh Trail goes through the forest on its way to the state forest office for Morgan–Monroe State Forest; the trail was originally supposed to become a national trail, reaching from Canada to Florida. A 20mi hiking trail, the Ten O'Clock Line Hiking Trail, connects Yellowwood State Forest to Brown County State Park. The 133acre lake, Yellowwood Lake, is 30ft deep and was created in 1939. Hunting typically involves deer, fox, grouse, raccoon, squirrel, turkey, and woodcock.
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  • It was a beautiful April day and we just wanted to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. My husband's health would not allow us to hike so we took a short walk and than relaxed in lawn chairs we had....  more
    It was a beautiful April day and we just wanted to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. My husband's health would not allow us to hike so we took a short walk and than relaxed in lawn chairs we had....  more »
  • We did the lake trail in just over two hours. Not too many inclines, but too long for little kids and not stroller friendly. The path is one person wide, so it doesn't feel over traveled. The... 
    We did the lake trail in just over two hours. Not too many inclines, but too long for little kids and not stroller friendly. The path is one person wide, so it doesn't feel over traveled. The...  more »
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  • Loved exploring here! Found a little trail that went to the lake. Sat there and fished until after midnight. Caught catfish and bluegill. An employee of the park came by to check if we were camping or just fishing. He was very nice. We definitely will be coming back to this place!
  • This place is gorgeous. The only issue I have is that there is you have to pay to swim at the pool. I would of loved to be able to sit at the base of the lake and let my dogs get wet with me.

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