Tecumseh Trail

Bear Lake

The Tecumseh Trail skirts Bear Lake

If the HHC has a signature trail, the 42-mile Tecumseh Trail in Indiana is probably it.  Built by the HHC in 1998-2002, the Tecumseh Trail begins at Morgan-Monroe State Forest Headquarters, which is about 5 miles south of Martinsville.  It ends in a remote area of Brown County forest near Monroe Reservoir, just south of S.R. 46 near Crooked Creek Road.

Wild Geranium color the forest floor in spring along the Tecumseh Trail

Wild Geraniums along the trail

In terms of hills, the Tecumseh Trail is often considered a gentler version and training ground of the Knobstone Trail, a 52-mile one-way path that is further south in Indiana, near the city of Salem.  While the Tecumseh’s path does consist of many large hills, ascents are not typically as steep, long, or frequent as those of the Knobstone Trail.

But the logistics of backpacking the Tecumseh can sometimes have more challenges.  While the Tecumseh Trail tends to offer many opportunities for backcountry (non-potable) water sources, it often has less parking or allowable camping areas than the Knobstone Trail.  This can impact the amount of miles necessary to hike in a day, and it is for this reason that all trips should be carefully planned ahead of time.

Some areas along the Tecumseh Trail are blanketed by Star Chickweed in the spring.

Star Chickweed blankets portions along the trail in spring

The HHC created and published the only Tecumseh Trail map which has detailed topographical information.  We also denote on our map mileage markers and the areas where you can park and camp, to assist in planning your trip.  You can purchase this map on our Store page.

You can also download the HHC Tecumseh Trail Guide, which provides information useful in planning a hike or backpacking trip, such as parking, access, water, and camping.

Families of active beavers along Yellowwood Lake keep HHC maintenance crews busy

Beavers at Yellowwood keep HHC maintenance crews busy

The DNR manages the state forests on which the Tecumseh traverses.  They often have available a free Tecumseh Trail map at their Yellowood State Forest Headquarters, or their Morgan-Monroe Forest Headquarters.  This map provides a good overview of the trail, information on some roads, but does not have any contour lines.

Here are the GPS track coordinates of the Tecumseh Trail, in standard gpx format:  Right-click here and select “Save As”.

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View of fall colors from Gorely Knob

View of fall colors from Gorely Knob

If you would like to speak to someone experienced with the Tecumseh Trail, email or call us toll-free at 1-855-812-HIKE.