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Powell Preserve

This preserve offers a diverse mix of natural habitats: forested hills, bottomland woods, and a prairie planted with native wildflowers and grasses—a great place to look for butterflies in the late summer and fall! It borders Beanblossom Creek, which flows into the West Fork of White River not far downstream. A mowed trail starts by the gate and loops around the prairie.

  • From SR 46 W in Ellettsville, turn right onto Matthews Rd.
  • After 1.5 mi, turn left onto Mt. Tabor Rd and go 4 mi to Brighton Rd. Turn left on Brighton.
  • After 0.5 mi, park at the pull-off on your left.
  • County: Monroe
  • Features: native prairie, butterflies, American woodcocks
  • Donated by: Patsy Powell
  • Acres: 68
  • Year acquired: 2003
  • Trail: 1 mile, easy