Hiking events

Spring Hike Series Planned at Brownstown Forestry

Spring is less than two weeks away and opportunities to explore the outdoor beauty of Jackson County and other Indiana counties are beginning to take shape.

The Healthy Jackson County Physical Activity Task Force is once again collaborating with the Jackson-Washington State Forest to offer a series of guided hikes.

The first of two guided hikes for the Spring Series will be at 2 p.m. March 27 at Knob Lake Dam at Forestry, 1278 E. State Road 250, Brownstown.

The second hike will take place on April 10 at the same time and at the same place.

Bethany Daugherty, health and wellness education specialist at Seymour’s Schneck Medical Center and coordinator of the Healthy Jackson County All-Coalition, said the event was free to the public.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the 2-3 mile hike, and it is suggested that you bring a water bottle and dress appropriately as shoes may get wet on the trails.

The Jackson-Washington State Forest covers nearly 18,000 acres in Jackson and Washington counties in the heart of southern Indiana.

The main forest and office area is located 2.5 miles southeast of Brownstown on State Road 250. This part of the state contains unique topography known as “the knobs”, where visitors can find panoramic views.

The majority of the land that now makes up Jackson-Washington was purchased by the state in the 1930s and 1950s, according to in.gov/dnr/forestry.

Another opportunity to explore the great outdoors is the Indiana State Nature Passport program.

Choose from over 80 outdoor locations across the state, including Jackson-Washington State Forest, Brown County State Park, Clifty Falls State Park, Spring Mill State Park And much more.

Check in at passport locations and you’re on your way to winning prizes, and the more you visit, the more you can win. Passports are free, but property entrance fees apply when you visit.

After registration, a passport will be instantly delivered to the registrant’s phone via SMS and email and will be ready to use immediately. No app needs to be downloaded.

While visiting a participating location, select the recording. Location services must be activated from the mobile phone and be within range of the property you are visiting in order to register.

After checking in at 10 properties, participants will receive a pair of sunglasses. People who make 25 visits to one of the passport locations will win a bottle of water and after 40 visits participants will receive a hat.

Check in at 59 passport properties to earn a backpack. Complete the entire course and receive a commemorative pin. Registrants can also qualify for a grand prize and specific designs throughout the year.

All prices are while stocks last. Register online at visitindiana.com/explore.