View Magnificent Fall Foliage at the Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower

The Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower, located inside Hoosier National Forest near Bloomington, offers a fall foliage experience like none other in Indiana. The Lookout Tower was built in 1939 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and remained in use as a fire lookout tower for the Hoosier National Forest into the 1970s.

Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower

Today, the 133-step tower offers a magnificent view of Indiana fall foliage. The forest’s best vantage point for a panoramic view of the tops of trees can be seen from the tower.

During the fall, visitors to the tower are most likely to encounter crowds on the weekends, so Hoosier National Forest suggests visiting in the morning or on weekdays when it’s less crowded.

Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower

How tall is the Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower?

The Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower is 110 feet tall, made of steel, with a 7-foot square cab and 123 metal steps. If you climb it, you get an amazing view of the Charles C. Deam Wilderness and can see all the way to Lake Monroe and approximately 20 miles in any direction. Most of the view is wooded forestland and the scene is beautiful in any season.

Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower

Where is the Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower located?

Take State Route 446 south from State Route 46 out of Bloomington and turn at Tower Ridge Road. This is the road that has a sign for the Charles C. Deam Wilderness and the Maumee Boy Scout Camp. It is a gravel road. The tower is about 5 miles down this road on the left. GPS Coordinates: Lat- 39o 2′ 5.453″N Long- 86o 19′ 16.532″W


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