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    Ohio, Indiana SP hanging rules

    Anyone know policy for state park hanging in Ohio and Indiana? Heading to Columbus soon, plan on taking a bike along and doing some hanging and riding--provided that's OK of course...

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    Can't find a specific regulation on Hammocks

    I searched through the regulations regarding the Indiana state properties and could not find one with specific wording on hammocks. Here is the link to the regulations if you want to do some "light" reading:
    http://www.in.gov/legislative/iac/T03120/A00080.PDF

    The closest wording I could find relates to damaging trees...it just states to "not do it".

    I personally haven't tried to hang in a state park, though.
    Dutch: Hammock is probably more weight but who wants to lay on the ground? I pee on the ground.

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    You shouldn't have any trouble around columbus. Where you going? Tendertoe did have some issues in a small local park but I've never had any.

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    You can hike/camp any of the state forests/nat forests, and main rule they enforce is on deer hunting,,the use of portable stands only and removable tree steps, or ladderstands,,nobody is aloud to build a stand for example or nail into a tree. Indiana is not the best place to backpack,,but we do have some nice areas to hike and backpack especially the southern half of the state. Most trails however,,in the dead of summer,,have limited water resources..so check that out if you plan to hike the hills.

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    In Ohio (Columbus area)

    Depending on how many miles you are trying to put in per day -

    Going north -

    Downtown Columbus to Alum Creek State Park is about 20 miles.
    Alum Creek State Park to Delaware State Park is about 15 miles.
    Downtown Columbus to Delaware State Park is about 36 miles.
    Delaware State Park to Mohican State Park is about 50 miles.

    Going west -

    Downtown Columbus to Caesar Creek State Park is about 70 miles.
    Caesar Creek State Park to East Fork is roughly 40 miles.

    Or going east -

    Downtown Columbus to Wildcat Hollow or any of the Wayne National Forest areas is about 70 miles.


    On a side note, the Olentangy Trail is a very nice paved trail extending about 20 miles from the Columbus north suburbs to the south suburbs. Doesn't lead to any parks, but is a nice ride with great views of the city.

    Keep us posted. I'd like to see a trip report and pics as I'd like to do some bike-packing to some of the locations I mentioned above at some point.

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    You should have no problems hanging in Indiana. I spoke to a friend that works for DNR and as long as you dont' "Destroy" anything...he said your ok....

    Jerry

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    I hang all the time at Eastfork State Park in SW Ohio, the rangers know me, I have told them I hang, "no problem, sounds cool!"

    That MAY be just the one park & two rangers, you know how that goes. AND, at Eastfork you "MUST" stay at the designated campsites (there are 4 "Backcountry" sites.)
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    I really think its the same way in Indiana,,when it comes to the State Parks,,they require you to camp in the designated campgrounds,,only exception to that is south shore of Lake Monroe,,where the Chas. Deam Wilderness joins the lake edge,,you can camp along the shore above the causeway of hwy 446. on the north side of that boundary of water where the Nat. forest land meets the water,,you can camp there as well. There are campsites in the Chas Deam Wilderness designated as well,,so I am not sure how much you can get away with. Will check it all out myself with the law when I get a chance now. I know that during mushroom season,,all the state parks post reminders, not to get off the trails and tromp thru the woods looking for mushrooms,,but if on the trails go ahead and pick them.

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