Knobstone Trail Run

October 12, 2019

Registration will open soon for the 25th annual Knobstone Trail Run.

Click to register for the 2013 Knobstone Mini




Day of Race info

Join us for the 25th annual Knobstone Trail run/walk!

Choose between 5 K, 10 K, 10 mile, and 13 mile (half marathon) courses that wind through the scenic and hilly hardwood forest of Morgan-Monroe State Forest.

Read through the page below, and if you have any questions that are not covered there, please consult our FAQ’s!  There is a very good chance your question is answered either on this page or in the FAQ’s.

Race Details:  1. Do to race logistics, entries will be limited to 225 runners.  2. No dogs will be allowed on the course due to insurance policies.  3. Cutoff time for the half-marathon is 11:30 a.m. at Aid Station #4 (10 miles into the race).  4. Runners under 18 must run with a parent or guardian.  


Check back later to see the design for the 2019 shirt.  Cost is $16.

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Check-in on the day of the race begins at 7:30 am EDT.  The race begins at 9:00 am EDT.  Please arrive early to help ensure the race starts on time!

Registration fee:  Adult $20, Youth (18 and under) $10. There are no fees charged for online registration. Registration closes October 9th midnight or when the 225 limit is met.  Note:  There are no refunds of race registration or t-shirt costs.  Please consider this carefully before paying!

Check the Entry List below after registration has been completed to see if payment has been made. The use of some smart phones or internet browsers may not allow payment though PayPal. Use the debit/credit card option on PayPal if you don’t have an account.

Race questions email HHC races


Entry List


The courses follow mostly single-track forest trails, and have long, level stretches with some steep hills that are tempered by switchbacks.  Trails are flagged at frequent intervals with bright ribbon, and are cleared before the race to ensure they are mostly free of natural debris.  The new bike trail on the east side of Mason Ridge near Bean Blossom road will be used for the finish.  Aid stations along the courses provide drinks every 2 to 3 miles.  Amateur radio operators are stationed at Aid Stations and along other points on the course.

Course maps and elevation profiles: Note the distances shown on the profile maps are approximate and do not match the distances of the course.

Knobstone 5k Course                Knobstone 5k Profile

Knobstone 10k Course              Knobstone 10k Profile

Knobstone 10 Mile Course       Knobstone 10 Mile Profile

Knobstone 13 Mile Course       Knobstone 13 Mile Profile

Other Race Information

The race will be held rain or shine!

Join us at Walls Shelter after the race!  Hot soup, snacks, cookies, and other treats will be available.  Meet with the HHC volunteers who worked to make the race possible.

All proceeds benefit the work of the Hoosier Hikers Council to continue building and maintaining hiking and running trails in Indiana.

The 2019 Knobstone Mini is a USA Track & Field sanctioned event (sanction number 19-16-017).

If you have questions or need further information, email us or call toll free at 1-855-812-HIKE.

Driving Directions to Starting Area

All courses start at Walls Shelter at the intersection of Bean Blossom Road and Main Forest Road in Morgan-Monroe State Forest, located 35 miles south of Indianapolis off of State Road 37.  Here’s a link to the Walls Shelter on Google maps:’38.5%22N+86%C2%B025’42.5%22W/@39.310693,-86.4290142,19z/data=!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d39.3106916!4d-86.428467

The recommended route to the starting area is to use the Liberty Church Road exit (Exit 134) from SR37 using the new interchange located just south of Martinsville.   If you are driving from the north on SR37, Liberty Church Road is 28.2 miles from I‑465 in Indianapolis.  If coming from the south on SR37, Liberty Church Road is 18.2 miles from State Road 46 in Bloomington.

  • Take the Liberty Church Road exit from SR37 (Exit 134), and turn east onto Liberty Church Road.
  • Travel approximately 0.1 miles and turn right onto Old Hwy 37 (first road on your right).
  • Travel 0.3 miles and turn left onto Hacker Creek Road.  (A section of Hacker Creek Road is also labeled “Morgan County Road”.)
  • Travel 3.6 miles to Forest Road.  Take a sharp left turn onto Forest Road and travel 2.8 miles to Walls Shelter at the starting area.
  • The driving time from SR37 to the race starting area by this route is approximately 10 minutes.