Road Trip to Rock Shelter: A Newcomer’s Hike

Are you aware of Indiana?s state forests, but have not yet been to one? Here?s a very convenient chance to hike in one, designed for beginners and families. Indiana Forest Alliance wants to show you one of the places that we are working everyday to protect for our fellow Hoosiers.

On April 23, you can take a free bus from Indianapolis and to Morgan-Monroe State Forest! Join us for a 3 mile family-friendly sojourn on the Rock Shelter Loop, geared for people who have never hiked a state forest before.

Experience unique and colorful rock formations, a small creek, winding ridges, wildflowers, and of course, trees.

The best part: no specialized equipment or knowledge necessary. All you need are comfortable shoes, a couple of bottles of water to hydrate and an open mind!

And don’t worry, expert botanist Kevin Tungesvick and state certified arborist Jerome Delbridge will be present to answer any and all questions you may have about what you are seeing!

Transportation is provided at no cost. A school bus will be departing from Indiana Forest Alliance?s Indianapolis office at 10:30 a.m.

A sack lunch will be available to purchase for $10 ?(payable by cash or card on the day-of) with vegan and vegetarian options available. A sandwich of your own choosing from Love Handle, a Clif bar, and a piece of fruit will be in each sack lunch. Inquire about options for kids?

A special thank you to CLIF Bar and Love Handle for the nourishment!

This is a family-friendly event. So come, bring the kids (ages 6 and up; infants in carriers also welcome), and be ready to have some fun?and make sure to RSVP before the slots are filled.

Capacity on the bus is limited to the first 40 people who RSVP.?Click here to RSVP on Eventbrite.

View the Facebook event.

Details about the Hike:
The hike itself will start at 12:00 p.m. in Morgan-Monroe State Forest. The Rock Shelter Loop is approximately 3.1 miles long and has been graded ?moderate? by Indiana DNR. Expect a few short steep grades and beautiful views of Indiana?s native hardwood forests. We will stop along the way, but expect to be on the trail for about 2:30 minutes. This includes a break for lunch under the notoriously beautiful ?rock shelter.? We expect to be on the bus headed back to Indianapolis by 3:00 p.m.

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(317) 602-3692

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