Sycamore Land Trust

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Sycamore Land Trust

Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve


The 2.5-mile boardwalk weaves through Beanblossom Bottoms. Photo by Chip Methvin.

The boardwalk trail will soon undergo a major renovation!

As soon as the ground is dry enough, we will start removing the front section of the current boardwalk trail in preparation to replace it with a new, durable, non-slip plastic boardwalk. The rear section of trail will be maintained as-is to preserve the trail loop.

For safety, Beanblossom Bottoms will be closed for the duration of the project, which will begin sometime this spring. Because of the unpredictable springtime weather, we have delayed the first phase (tear-out) until the ground is dry enough, which is unknown at this point. We appreciate your patience as we make this popular preserve an even better place to visit in the future! We will share updates as the project progresses. In the mean time, please visit another of our publicly-accessible nature preserves.

Thank you to the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust for their generous grant towards this project. We are also grateful to Vectren for providing volunteer labor for construction. Maintaining the trail will continue to be a significant expense for Sycamore once the renovation is finished, and we need your help. If you enjoy the trail, please become a Sycamore member or make an extra donation toward our trail maintenance fund. Your support makes a difference, so thank you!

The exceptional habitat at this well-loved wetland preserve provides a home for the endangered Indiana bat, Kirtland’s snake, rare orchids, and other threatened species. A raised boardwalk trail and four observation decks enhance exploration of this diverse environment.

The majority of the property has been dedicated as an Indiana State Nature Preserve by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and it has also been designated a state Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society and a Wetland of Distinction by the Society of Wetland Scientists. Sycamore’s property adjoins the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Restle Unit of the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge and a privately-owned wetland protected by a permanent Wetland Reserve Program easement. Almost 800 acres of contiguous land are protected altogether, about 600 of which are owned by Sycamore Land Trust.

County: Monroe

Features: bald eagle nest, frog pond, woodpecker and woodcock habitat

Acquired with gifts from: Gene and Peggy Baugh, Paul and Barbara Greico, Bill and Kathleen Oliver, Barbara Restle, Bicentennial Nature Trust, Indiana Heritage Trust, The Nature Conservancy, Ropchan Foundation, and Sycamore members.

The volunteer-constructed Environmental Education Trail was funded by gifts from the Duke Energy Foundation, the Laura Hare Charitable Trust, Vectren Foundation, and Sycamore members.

Acres: 598

Years acquired: 1995 – 2015

Trail: 2.5 miles. Flat, but the boardwalk can be slippery when wet so exercise caution.


A henslow’s sparrow spotted by Assistant Director John Lawrence


Directions to Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve

Click to enlarge trail map.

Click to enlarge trail map.

  • From the intersection of State Road 37 and the State Road 45/46 Bypass northwest of Bloomington, take SR 46 west towards Ellettsville. Follow SR 46 for 3 miles to the stoplight at Union Valley Rd, by McDonald’s.
  • Turn right onto Union Valley Rd and go 2.5 miles to the T intersection, then turn right onto Delap Rd.
  • Stay on Delap Rd for about 0.9 miles, staying to the right as you pass the first two Y intersections. At the third Y (the intersection of Delap Rd and Woodall Rd) go left on Woodall Rd.
  • Follow Woodall Rd for about 1.4 miles to a small gravel parking lot on your right, just after the bridge over Beanblossom Creek.

Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve on Google Maps