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    Cabin/hiking recommendations for cooler weather

    My son wants to go out a another overnight hiking trip but his (pre-Christmas) gear isn't rated for temps below 40. I'm thinking of compromising with a cabin on a trail. I see Deam lake has walk-up availability but we've been there a lot and the trails are a bit short. Anyone recommend a 10-12 mile trail with a heated cabin option? Wood fireplace is fine, doesn't have to have electricity. Prefer a 3 hour radius from Indy area.
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    Have you tried the app hipcamp... itís like the Airbnb for campibg

    https://www.hipcamp.com/

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    Morgan-Monroe has cabins.
    https://www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/4816.htm

    Draper Cabin

    Draper Cabin is a primitive, wooden-floored log cabin that takes visitors 100 years back in time to the days before electricity, vehicles and modern plumbing. Reservations for the cabin are accepted from the first weekend in April to the weekend before Thanksgiving. The cabin may be rented on a day by day basis, depending on weather conditions, during the winter. Click here for rental information and a picture of the cabin .

    Cherry Lake Lodge

    Nestled deep in Morgan-Monroe State Forest youíll find the solitude you seek, while still having a comfortable bed in which to sleep, hot and cold running water, indoor restroom and shower, and full kitchen facilities. This recently renovated lodge is everything youíd expect in a woodland retreat at a very affordable rental rate. Itís a place where the whole family can explore the woods all day, and relax to a warm fire at night. Click here for rental information and rates.

    They also have 2, 10 mile trails.



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    Potato Creek State Park has cabins and trails. That's about all I know for sure because it's been a very long time since I've been out there.


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    Delaney Creek State Park is in Washington Co., And the KT trailhead there leads straight to Deam Lake. Delaney has multiple cabin options as well as lakeside primitive. Even places for campers lakeside.

    http://www.delaneypark.com/

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    Thanks for the input. I'm looking at the options now. I like the Draper cabin but like most of the public forestry cabins it's walk-up only at this point in the year, so you can't make a reservation. Also a 2 night minimum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruger_Ronin View Post
    Delaney Creek State Park is in Washington Co., And the KT trailhead there leads straight to Deam Lake. Delaney has multiple cabin options as well as lakeside primitive. Even places for campers lakeside.

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    we havenít hiked the area yet but we have stayed in the cabins there a couple times. Once for a family reunion and once for a wedding. No frills (which seems like what you want), but has showers, toilet, kitchen, etc..

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    Iíd go to MidwayUSA and get him a 4-piece system while they are on sale.

    Then go camping where and when you want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by natdscott View Post
    Iíd go to MidwayUSA and get him a 4-piece system while they are on sale.

    Then go camping where and when you want.
    I'm getting him a Marmot like mine for Christmas. Lighter and packs down a lot smaller.

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