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Camping banned at Hemlock Cliffs trailhead

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TELL CITY – Camping is no longer allowed at the trailhead and parking area at Hemlock Cliffs. It has long been a popular camping area but this has been the only trailhead in the Hoosier National Forest that allowed camping.  

“Unfortunately, due to vandalism we have to prohibit camping in this parking area,” said Nancy Myers, recreation planner for the Tell City District.

She added that litter is also an increasing problem.  Myers said the forest plan prohibits camping at trailheads, so to be consistent, camping is no longer allowed at the Hemlock Cliffs Trailhead and Parking Area.

Parking space at the trailhead is limited and on busy weekends, campers occupy parking spaces.  

Patrols will be increased to ensure compliance with the new policy. Violators are subject to a citation and $100 fine.

There are other camping opportunities for people who would still like to camp and explore Hemlock Cliffs for a weekend. For instance, Indian Celina Recreation Area offers two camp loops a short distance away.