Newton-Stewart State Recreation Area

Rock Formation

The best part of Newton-Stewart State Recreation Area occupies about a thousand acres on a peninsula that juts up from the southern edge of Patoka Lake.

Visitor Center

Aside from the trails described below, a nominal fee allows access to one of six hike-in campsites.



The Main Trail is a challenging 6.5 mile loop that begins on the west side of the visitor center parking lot and circles the peninsula.

Totem Rock

In the process, it passes Totem Rock, an impressive overhang, about a mile and a half in.

Garden Rock Loop

The Garden Rock Loop starts at the visitor center; itís less than a mile long but passes interesting rock formations.


Orange County. From the intersection of IN 145 and IN 164, west 1.3 miles to Dillard Road, then right (north) 1.3 miles to the entrance gate. The visitorís center is another 2.7 miles, with a sharp left at 1.7 miles.

North 38 23.064 West 86 38.818
DeLorme 57:F7/8

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Campground, visitor center with water, bathrooms, vending.

Nearby Natural Areas

Hemlock Cliffs
Pioneer Mothers Memorial Forest


Bloom: Hiking Indiana; Page 180
Habeck: Wild Indiana; Page 116
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
McPherson: Indiana Best Hikes; Page 404
McPherson: Nature Walks in Southern Indiana; Page 298