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    Fort Wayne, IN suggestions

    I have to go to Fort Wayne in a couple of weeks for work, and was considering hanging instead of getting a hotel. Anyone have any suggestions of a nice place that's not too far away? Would need a shower, so backcountry wouldn't work.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Quabache State Park in Bluffton, Indiana might be a possibility. There is also a State Recreation area south of Huntington Indiana that might work as well. I grew up in that area, haven't been back to camp in years. Just a couple of ideas. Good luck. Keep us posted as to what you find. I have friends in Ft. Wayne
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    No hammocking advice but check out Coney Island downtown if you like a good coney

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    Quote Originally Posted by canoebie View Post
    Quabache State Park in Bluffton, Indiana might be a possibility. There is also a State Recreation area south of Huntington Indiana that might work as well. I grew up in that area, haven't been back to camp in years. Just a couple of ideas. Good luck. Keep us posted as to what you find. I have friends in Ft. Wayne
    Ditto!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by TallPaul View Post
    No hammocking advice but check out Coney Island downtown if you like a good coney
    Ditto!!!
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    This weekend we rode our Harleys up to Michigan and on the way back all the campgrounds were full. We ended up stealth camping inside of the shelter house at the first rest stop in Indiana heading southbound on I-69. It was about 40 miles north of Ft. Wayne. Worked out well and no one bothered us.
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    Ouabach is looking like a possibility. Its about 45 minutes away though.

    Thanks for the suggestions!

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    I live in Fort Wayne and unfortunately the closest place for me is 3.5 hours north! But if pressed, Pokagon SP is about 40min north. That's all I can recommend...honestly there's not really anything good around here.

    Almost forgot - there's Johnny Appleseed Campground right smack in the center of it all, so that would be the only reasonable place with almost no driving time.
    With our land becoming more developed and crowded, lots of people go into the woods because they are beautiful and wild. Unfortunately some people’s actions make these places much less beautiful than when they arrived (bushcrafters building chairs, tables, shelves, tripods, walls, huge fires, cutting trees, etc.) Do your best to make sure you’re not one of those people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markr6 View Post
    closest place for me is 3.5 hours north!
    Where might that be?
    Quote Originally Posted by markr6 View Post
    Almost forgot - there's Johnny Appleseed Campground right smack in the center of it all, so that would be the only reasonable place with almost no driving time.
    Is that legal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HomeMadeHiker View Post
    Where might that be?

    Is that legal?
    Anywhere north of about Clare really...lots of nice state land to hang out in the quiet pines!


    I never checked since I have no interest in camping there. I would definitely call to check beforehand. The problem is, you'll get someone on a egotrip acting like they own the place and they'll say "no hammocks" without anything to back it up. Or you'll get a 17 year old part-timer on a summer job just guessing. Or you'll get someone that thinks hanging a hammock sounds bad for trees and they'll say "no" based on their personal opinion.

    There's an old thread here somewhere that lists states/places that allow hammocks.
    With our land becoming more developed and crowded, lots of people go into the woods because they are beautiful and wild. Unfortunately some people’s actions make these places much less beautiful than when they arrived (bushcrafters building chairs, tables, shelves, tripods, walls, huge fires, cutting trees, etc.) Do your best to make sure you’re not one of those people.

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