Starve Hollow State Recreation Area

When first constructed in 1938, Starve Hollow’s reservoir was the largest in Indiana. The water is the principal attraction for most visitors.



There is also an extensive, if remote, trail system. The Oak Leaf Nature Trail (brochure available) begins next to camp site 302 and provides the best link to the larger trail system.

Cypress Stand

The Oak Leaf trail skirts the northern edge of Starve Hollow Lake, past cypress knees and low ground, before terminating at the Lakeshore Loop.

Turkey Roost Trail

The Lakeshore Loop intersects two other trails, the Cabin Site Trail (much of which runs along a logging road) and the Vista Trail.

Vista Trail View

The latter is another loop; it affords nice, if leaf-obscured, views of the surrounding countryside.


Jackson County. From the eastern intersection of US 50 and IN 135, go south 3.7 miles on IN 135 to 310W/Lake Road, then left 2.1 miles to the entrance on the left.

North 38 48.962 West 86 05.093
DeLorme 51:H9

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Campground, showers, bathroom, nature center.

Nearby Natural Areas

Delaney Park
Hemlock Bluff Nature Preserve


Bloom: Hiking Indiana; Page 132
Habeck: Wild Indiana; Page 113
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
McPherson: Indiana Best Hikes; Page 364
McPherson: Nature Walks in Southern Indiana; Page 152