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About Indiana:



Ice Climbing, Rock Climbing, & Bouldering

Contrary to popular belief, there is climbing in Indiana. We don't have a whole lot to choose from, but we are doing the best with what we have. The main problem with climbing in Indiana is that it is illegal to climb in State Parks where there is some decent rock and a lot of the other good rock is on private property. Most Indiana climbers take a more direct route to Kentucky or So Ill to climb on the weekends.

At least there are a few areas in Indiana that offer the chance to get on real rock.Please respect the rights of land owners. Please do

not post directions to climbing on private property

without the owners consent.

If you have any questions, comments, or prejudice opinions about the Indiana State page please send me a PM. quas.

A few words about land usage are in order. The following words are from land owners and mangers including the state regulations for DNR managed properties.


  • Birdwatching
  • Hiking
  • Nature Study
  • Environmental Research (with permission)
  • Photography
  • Pets are allowed, but must be on a leash at all times

Not allowed

  • Driving any type of vehicle, including ATVís and snowmobiles
  • Biking or mountain biking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hunting, fishing, trapping, or target shooting
  • Removing or destroying any natural objects, including rocks, flowers, berries, nuts, mushrooms, shells, trees, or artifacts
  • Littering or dumping
  • Camping, cooking, or camp fires
  • Geocaching
  • Rock climbing
  • Swimming or ice skating

What You Cannot Do (nature preserves)

Accompanying pets must be kept on a leash and must stay on trails

  • Biking and mountain biking
  • Camping
  • Caving
  • Driving an ATV or off-road vehicle
  • Cooking or camp fires
  • Fishing or trapping
  • Horseback riding
  • Hunting (except by permit on designated preserves)
  • Picking flowers, berries, nuts or mushrooms
  • Removing any part of the natural landscape (shells, rocks, etc.)
  • Rock climbing
  • Snowmobiling
Respect Our Neighborsí Property Please do not trespass on private property adjacent to (this organizationís) preserves. Property lines are clearly marked with yellow signs featuring the (organizationís) logo.

IDNR (Indiana Department Of Natural Resources) 312 IAC 8-2-10 Preservation of habitat and natural and cultural resources Authority: IC 14-10-2-4; IC 14-11-2-1 Affected: IC 14 Sec. 10. Except as authorized by a license, a person must not do any of the following within a DNR property:

  • (1) Molest an animal den or bird nest. (
  • 2) Collect any wild animal, except as authorized by section 3 or 4 of this rule.
  • (3) Damage or collect a plant or pick flowers. Exempted from this subdivision are the following: (A) Berries. (B) Fruits. (C) Nuts. (D) Fallen cones. (E) Mushrooms. (F) Leaves. (G) Greens.
  • (4) Pick berries, fruits, nuts, fallen cones, mushrooms, leaves, or greens on a nature preserve unless the nature preserve is located at any of the following: (A) State park. (B) Reservoir property. (C) Fish and wildlife area. (D) State forest.
  • (5) Damage, interfere with, or remove: (A) a work of art; (B) an artifact; (C) a rock or mineral; (D) a shipwreck; (E) an archeological site; (F) a historic site; (G) a building; or (H) a sign. Document Updated: October 20, 2006 Page 12
  • (6) Place or maintain a: (A) structure; (B) device; (C) dock; (D) buoy; (E) ramp; or (F) sign.
  • (7) Use a metal detector, except on a sand, swimming beach as approved by an authorized representative.
  • (8) Rock climb or rappel.
  • (9) Collect firewood on a state park.
  • (10) Dig or excavate any material from the ground. (
  • 11) Regardless of whether taken lawfully, sell any material taken from a DNR property. Exempted from this subdivision are materials taken under a license issued by the department that specifically authorizes the sale of the material. (Natural Resources Commission; 312 IAC 8-2-10; filed Oct 28, 1998, 3:32 p.m.: 22 IR 742, eff Jan 1, 1999; readopted filed Nov 17, 2004, 11:00 a.m.: 28 IR 1315)