Visitors ages 17 and older who wish to ride a bike or horse on the Hoosier National Forest are required to have a trail use permit.
Permits are available for daily use at $5 per person or annual use at $35 per person. There are a variety of options to purchase a trail use permit – at forest offices, at local vendors, order by phone or mail or online at recreation.gov. To purchase in person, contact your local forest office to schedule an appointment: Bedford 812-275-5987 or Tell City 812-547-7051.
Visitors may purchase digital trail use permits for day or annual use online at recreation.gov/activitypass/hoosier-trails via a mobile device at the site or in advance.
Established in 2021, this public service allows for mobile transactions onsite, if cell service is available, or in advance if service is unavailable. Ninety-five percent of the income from these permits is used to maintain trails, enhance trailheads and improve visitor services on the Hoosier National Forest.