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Morgan-Monroe State Forest

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Morgan-Monroe State Forest consists of more than 24,000 acres in southeast Morgan County and northeast Monroe County. The forest land encompasses many steep ridges and valleys, and it has places for fishing, hunting, camping and hiking. Resources include renting Draper Cabin.

The forest contains some of the state's finest hardwoods, and logging in the forest often is the source of local controversy.

The original settlers of the area cleared and attempted to farm the ridges, but were frustrated by rocky soil unsuitable for agriculture. The state purchased the eroded, abandoned land to create the forest in 1929. Traces of the old settlers can be found in places like Stepp Cemetery.

To get there, go north on Old State Road 37. The road goes through the forest and comes out just south of Martinsville.

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