Sycamore Land Trust

Preserving Southern Indiana since 1990

812-336-5382

Visit a Preserve: Hiking Trails, Birding, Wildlife Viewing, Education, Nature Photography

Discover a variety of excellent nature preserves to visit for hiking trails, birding, wildlife observation, eagle nests, environmental education, group hikes, photographing nature, and more!

Maps and directions are available below. A Preserve Guide booklet is available too. Request a free Preserve Guide! (One per household, please. While supplies last.)
You can also view a PDF of the Preserve Guide (6 MB).

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

  • Preserves are open daily from dawn to dusk.
  • Please stay on the trails and do not disturb plants, animals, minerals, or historic artifacts.
  • No camping, fires, off-road vehicles, bikes, horses, or littering.
  • Dogs are welcome if leashed at all times.

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 55 properties to manage, Sycamore relies on conscientious visitors and volunteer stewards to keep an eye on our preserves. If you see any issues we should know about or are interested in volunteering to be the steward for a preserve, please contact us at (812) 336-5382 or info@sycamorelandtrust.org.


View Sycamore Land Trust Preserves in a larger map.

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Featured Preserves

Bartholomew County

Tangeman Woods and the Outdoor Lab Trail
Beautiful hardwood forest with intermittent creeks.

Touch the Earth Natural Area
Offers over two miles of trails through woods and fields.

Brown County

The Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill
Classic Brown County hills and mature hardwood forest.

Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve
Steep hemlock bluff overlooking Beanblossom Creek.

Greene County

Dilcher-Turner Canyon Forest
Deep ravines, waterfalls, and sandstone outcrops are distinctive features.

Lawrence County

Jeremy Keith Oakley Preserve
Upland forest drops down to a stream in the valley below.

Monroe County

Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Trail
A boardwalk trail provides access to diverse wetland habitat and an eagle nest.

The Cedars Preserve
A grove of red cedars, sinkholes, limestone outcrops, and historic artifacts.

Ghurye Arboretum
A mowed trail loops through a demonstration arboretum at this neighborhood preserve.

Lake Lemon Woods
Beautiful woods on a steep hillside north of Lake Lemon.

Porter West Preserve
Notable for sinkholes, a historic cemetery, and a robust display of spring wildflowers.

Powell Preserve
Forested hills, bottomland woods and a native prairie, all bordering Beanblossom Creek.

Scarlet Oak Woods
A lovely open hardwood forest along a ridge.

Gibson and Pike Counties

Columbia Mine Preserve
A diverse mix of wetlands, prairies, and woods provides habitat for bobcats, otters, many other special species.

Vanderburgh County

Eagle Slough Natural Area
A true birding hotspot, accessible via a trail along an old rail bed.

 

Less Accessible Preserves

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

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.

Austin and Mary Ann Gardner Memorial Woods in western Brown County, on County Line Road
Mature woods bordering Hoosier National Forest and Lake Monroe.

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.

 

Other Notable 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.

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.

Oxbow Preserve along Old SR 37 in Monroe County
Protects the scenic gateway to Bloomington. No parking or trails yet, but expected in 2016.

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.