Sycamore Land Trust

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Sycamore Land Trust

Columbia Mine Preserve

Bobcat cubs scampered up a tree at Columbia Mine Preserve. Photo by Steve Gifford.

Bobcat cubs scampered up a tree at Columbia Mine Preserve. Photo by Steve Gifford.

Sycamore’s largest property, this preserve is a keystone piece in the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Columbia Mine Preserve provides diverse habitat for many uncommon species, such as bobcats, river otters, and Indiana bats. Columbia Mine and the neighboring refuge create a contiguous habitat block of 5,000 acres. Learn more about this special piece of land and how it was protected.

Otters grooming. Photo by Steve Gifford.

A family of seven river otters at Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Steve Gifford.







The Preserve is managed in partnership with the Patoka River NWR. Limited hunting and fishing are permitted. Download the regulations (PDF).

Counties: Gibson and Pike

Features: mix of wetlands, prairies, woods, and deep lakes; owls, American woodcock, Bell’s vireo, blue grosbeak, and orchard oriole habitat

Acquired with gifts from: Bicentennial Nature Trust, Ducks Unlimited, the Laura Hare Charitable Trust, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Sycamore members

Click to download map and regulations.

Click to download map and regulations.

Acres: 1,043

Year acquired: 2012


  • Indian Hill Trail – 1.5 miles, easy
  • Massey Trail – 1.4 miles, easy
  • Overlook Trail – 0.7 mile, easy

Directions to Columbia Mine Preserve:

  • From I-69, take exit 33 and head east on IN-64 toward Oakland City.
  • Pass through town and turn left on CR 1275 E.
  • Turn right on CR 75 S, then veer left on CR 25.
  • Pass multiple Refuge access areas and follow the road through several curves before turning left on CR 125 W at the farmhouse.
  • Follow the gravel road north until it curves left. One parking area will be on your right, and the other is at the end of the road.

Columbia Mine Preserve on Google Maps