Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve

After backpacking in Zaleski State Forest, my plan was to camp for two nights at Hocking Hills State Park and hike the trails. I had been forewarned that Hocking Hills gets crowded, what I failed to understand was that it is not the normal state park crowd level, it is National Park crowd level, which…

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T.C. Steele State Historic Site

Have you ever driven past a sign like a million times before finally your curiosity gets the better of you and you finally stop to see what all the fuss is about? That’s what happened to me Sunday. Though by “fuss” I mean, a tiny little sign attached to a pole below another sign. I…

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Whitewater Memorial State Park

This past Saturday I needed to go to Cincinnati, Ohio but wanted to get some hiking in on the way. I settled on Whitewater Memorial State Park as it is located near the Ohio border only 30 minutes out of my way. One of my goals for 2018 is to visit every state park in…

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Anderson Falls Preserve

Anderson Falls is a state nature preserve east of Columbus, Indiana. It was originally part of the Nature Conservancy, but management was handed over to Bartholomew County Parks Department in 1979. It features a pretty waterfall and short hiking trails that are not well marked and overgrown in places. It is possible to walk a…

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Touch the Earth Natural Area

Touch the Earth Natural Area is a Sycamore Land Trust Nature Preserve located just outside Columbus, Indiana. It has 2 miles of  easy trails winding around 98 acres. There is an observation deck to sit and watch birds and other wildlife that wander by. I’ve seen a turtle, butterflies, and even an owl! Touch the…

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Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve

Trevlac Bluffs is an Indiana State Nature Preserve located in Brown County (near Nashville, Indiana). It has a rare stand of Hemlock Trees (they are normally found further north) and is named for the 200 foot bluff overlooking Beanblossom Creek. There are two trails on the preserve. The Yellowwood Trail is 2.6 miles round-trip and…

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The Nature Conservancy’s Guide to Indiana Preserves

The Nature Conservancy’s Guide to Indiana Preserves is a great place to start if you are wanting somewhere a little less visited to explore. The Nature Preserves of Indiana are not as well-known or visited as the state parks, but are just as beautiful. This guide includes great pictures of the preserves as well as…

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Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill

The Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill is a beautiful nature preserve overseen by the Sycamore Land Trust. It is located off Valley Branch Road, a beautiful forest lined road near Gnaw Bone, Indiana. For the 52nd hike of my 2017 – 52 Hike Challenge I wanted to do something special. Shawn and I…

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Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Highlights of mom and I’s adventure on the North Shore Trail at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve: We almost bypassed the trail-head. The leaves were pretty. There were lots of slopes + it was muddy + I am clumsy = I slid on my rear end…twice. Mom freaked out because there was a rather large snake…

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Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve

This past weekend, I shared with my mom one of my favorite Sycamore Land Trust Nature Preserves in Indiana: Beanblossom Bottoms. (Try saying that five times fast) I first discovered this Nature Preserve with Jess while we were attending Indiana University in Bloomington. It was an adventure just getting there, with Jess trying to direct…

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