Martell Forest is in the Central Till Plain in Tippecanoe County. It contains a total of 477 acres with 398 acres of forest. The property is 8.5 miles from the Purdue University, West Lafayette campus. Martell forest is used for research and teaching by forestry students and students from other disciplines. It is named for Dr. Eldred R. “Shorty” Martell, who was head of Purdue's Department of Forestry and Conservation, now known as the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, from 1940 to 1957.
Martell Forest is the site of the
John S. Wright Forestry Center, a research , teaching and conference facility located at 1007 N 725 W, West Lafayette, Indiana. In addition to the Wright Center, Martell Forest is home to the John L. Van Camp Arboretum, a collection of 100 trees native to Indiana provided to the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources as a gift from the family of former faculty member John L. Van Camp.
The property is accessible to the public via the Main Entrance on County Road 725 W during daylight hours only.
- No motorized vehicles beyond the parking area
- No bicycles, ATVs, or horseback riding
- Stay on established roads and trails while on foot
- All dogs must be kept on a leash
- No fishing, hunting, or gathering of biological material without prior written consent
- No intoxicating substances allowed
- Please carry out all trash