Deam Lake State Recreation Area

Few visitors venture far from the reservoir, but hikers know this place as the southern terminus of the Knobstone Trail.



The best hike lying within the boundaries of the property is the Lake Vista Trail, which begins about a hundred yards shy of the campground entrance, on the north side of the road. The trail is reminiscent of the Knobstone; mixed woods with lots of undergrowth. As it approaches the knob, the path climbs steadily along pseudo-switchbacks before arriving at a prominent outcrop.

Lake Vista Trail

There are good views from here, though obscured somewhat when the leaves are out. The initial descent is ridiculously steep but soon levels out and follows a ridgeline back toward the trailís origin.

Yellow Trail


Clark County. From the intersection of IN 60 and IN 111, west 3.6 miles on IN 60 to Deam Lake Road, then north 1.1 miles to the entrance.

North 38 27.699 West 85 51.924
DeLorme 58:E5

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Campground with showers and bathrooms, nature center.

Nearby Natural Areas

Charlestown State Park
Knobstone Trail
White Oak Nature Preserve


Bloom: Hiking Indiana; Page 225
Goll: Indiana State Parks; Page 80
Habeck: Wild Indiana; Page 122
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
McPherson: Nature Walks in Southern Indiana; Page 168