(BEDFORD) – Closed to the public since a major wind event toppled trees on June 17, the Hoosier National Forest will reopen the popular Peninsula Trail today.
The trail is located in the Charles C. Deam Wilderness and is used by backpackers, day hikers, and horse riders. Wheeled or mechanized vehicles are prohibited in the Wilderness.
USDA Forest Service staff from the Hoosier National Forest, aided by staff from the Shawnee National Forest, cleared trees that were downed across the trail with manual crosscut saws. Approximately one-quarter mile of trail was affected. The Wilderness Act of 1964 does not allow for the use of mechanized equipment in Congressionally designated wilderness.
While the Peninsula Trail is now open, visitors should be aware that hazards may still exist and are advised to use caution and be aware of their surroundings. The water level in Monroe Reservoir has continued to drop but is still above normal pool and mud and debris remain along shorelines.
For information about closure orders on the Hoosier National Forest, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/hoosier/alerts-notices or call 812-275-5987.