Sycamore Land Trust

Sycamore Preserves and Where to Visit

The first-ever Sycamore Land Trust Preserve Guide is now available! It’s a handy little booklet with trail maps and directions to help you enjoy some of our best preserves. Check out the PDF here. You can request a free copy by filling out this form. (One per household, please. While supplies last.)


If you haven’t received a Preserve Guide yet, click here to request it!

Placemarkers on the map below show the preserves owned by Sycamore Land Trust that are accessible by the general public for hiking and nature enjoyment.

  • Please stay on trails where available, and do not disturb plants, animals, minerals, or historic artifacts.
  • Dogs are allowed on a leash.
  • Please, no camping, fires, off-road vehicles, bicycles, horses, or littering.
  • Preserves are open daily from dawn to dusk.
  • Visitation and parking are at your own risk.

The other Sycamore preserves shown just by outlines are not generally accessible due to limited public road access and parking, although neighbors are welcome to visit. Please respect Sycamore’s neighbors and do not trespass to visit a preserve.

With over 50 properties to manage, Sycamore relies on conscientious visitors and volunteer monitors to keep an eye on our preserves. If you see any misuse of Sycamore’s properties or are interested in becoming a volunteer preserve monitor, please contact us at (812) 336-5382 or

Click on a placemarker or property outline on the map to read more about a Sycamore preserve.  More information is also available through the links below the map.

Note: If a link opens inside the map window, click your web browser’s back button, then right-click the link and select “open link in new tab.”  This is due to an issue in Google Maps.

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Most accessible preserves:

Columbia Mine Preserve in Gibson and Pike Counties
Sycamore’s largest property, this preserve borders the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and is home to bobcats and otters. Parking and trails are available.

Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Trail in northwest Monroe County
A boardwalk trail provides special access to over 500 acres of rare wetland habitats. A parking lot is on Woodall Road.

Eagle Slough Natural Area in Evansville
A trail follows an old rail bed through bottomland forest and wetlands, with several observation decks. Easily accessible from a parking lot on Waterworks Road.

Touch the Earth Natural Area in western Bartholomew County, on Country Club Road
Over two miles of trails through woods and fields are easily accessible from the parking lot just south of State Road 46.

Tangeman Woods and the Outdoor Lab Trail in western Bartholomew County, along State Road 46 and near Touch the Earth
This wooded preserve features the Outdoor Lab trail. Parking is available at the Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department.

The Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill in Brown County, on Valley Branch Road
Just one property removed from Brown County State Park, this preserve protects even more of the county’s iconic steep hills.

The Cedars Preserve in southwest Monroe County, west of Harrodsburg
A trail passes through a grove of red cedars and deciduous woods, passing sinkholes, limestone outcrops, and historic artifacts.  Parking is available.

Ghurye Arboretum in the Marlin Hills neighborhood, north of Bloomington
A mowed trail loops through a demonstration arboretum at this neighborhood preserve.

Lake Lemon Woods on the north side of Lake Lemon in northwest Monroe County
An education trail is being developed in this woods along Wildwood Drive.  Parking is limited to the roadside.

Jeremy Keith Oakley Preserve in eastern Lawrence County, on Leesville Road
A trail through a field and woods passes a memorial to Jeremy Oakley and others. A parking lot is along the road.

Porter West Preserve in western Monroe County, at the corner of State Road 48 and Vernal Pike
This 190-acre preserve has woods and open areas, karst features, and a trail under development. Parking is available at the south gate on Vernal Pike.

Powell Preserve in northwest Monroe County, on Brighton Road north of Ellettsville
A mowed trail loops around a prairie planting and heads into the woods. Park at the edge of the front field, at the bottom of the hill.

Scarlet Oak Woods in northeast Monroe County, by the Danny Smith II addition off of State Road 45
A trail follows a ridge through mature forest. Parking is available at the end of Viking Ridge Road.


Less accessible preserves:

Visitors are welcome at these preserves, but there is no trail, parking is limited to the roadside, or both.

Campbell Preserve in northeast Monroe Country, on Upper Birdie Galyan Road
The preserve borders Morgan-Monroe State Forest, which has a parking area and trail.

Latimer Preserve in eastern Monroe County
Two deep wooded ravines dominate this preserve along State Road 46.

Pizzo Preserve in southwest Monroe County, north of Lake Monroe
A trail leads up the steep forested hillside overlooking the Salt Creek floodplain. Parking is limited to the roadside.

Wayne Woods in southwest Monroe County, on Duncan Road near Leonard Springs Nature Preserve
A mature woods, spectacular spring wildflowers, and sinkholes are found here. Parking is limited to the road shoulder.

Dan Willard Woods in northeast Monroe County, on Mt. Gilead Road
Bordering Morgan-Monroe State Forest, this preserve features mature oak woods and a memorial to Sycamore President Dan Willard. Parking is limited to the roadside.


Newest preserve(s):

Austin and Mary Ann Gardner Memorial Woods in western Brown County, on County Line Road
Donated in August 2012, this preserve has a mature woods bordering Hoosier National Forest and Lake Monroe.


Specially featured preserves:

These preserves are not generally accessible due to limited public road access and parking, although neighbors are welcome to visit on foot. Please respect Sycamore’s neighbors and do not trespass to visit a preserve.

Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve in northwest Brown County
Rare eastern hemlocks trees on a steep bluff overlook bottomland hardwood forest and Beanblossom Creek.

Dilcher-Turner Canyon Forest  in eastern Greene County
Deep ravines, waterfalls, and sandstone outcrops make up parts of this high-quality mature forest.

Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Back Creek in eastern Lawrence County
The bluff over Back Creek is home to a rare stand of eastern hemlock trees, one of the few in Indiana.

Touch the Earth II Preserve in western Brown County, along State Road 46
Part of the scenic drive between Bloomington and Nashville, the preserve has woods, and old field, and an active farm field.