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The Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill

Nearly one square mile in size, this rugged preserve helps form a huge block of contiguous forest habitat, protected forever for the benefit of songbirds, raptors, and box turtles. A trail built by the Hoosier Hikers Council takes visitors on a beautiful journey from the ridgeline to the valley and back. Walk the easy portion along an old road, or do the north loop for a more rugged hike. A new south loop is currently under construction by the Hoosier Hikers.

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County: Brown

Features: Classic steep Brown County hills, brilliant fall colors, seasonal ponds, cerulean warblers

Acquired with gifts from: Members of the Downey Hill Corporation, The Laura Hare Charitable Trust, and Sycamore members

Acres: 593

Year acquired: 2012

Trail: Gravel road and the north loop trail open now, totaling 2.8 miles.  The south loop will add another 2 miles when completed.

 

Directions to The Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill:

  • From the intersection of SR 46 and SR 135/Van Buren St in Nashville, drive east on SR 46 toward Gnaw Bone for 5.5 miles until you reach Valley Branch Rd.
  • Turn right on Valley Branch and drive 1.5 miles.
  • Turn left into a small gravel parking lot.
Loop trail under construction.

North loop trail is open.

 

 

Volunteers with the Hoosier Hikers Council during a fall trail workday at The Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill. Photo by John Lawrence.

Volunteers with the Hoosier Hikers Council during a fall trail workday. Photo by John Lawrence.

 

 

The Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill on Google Maps