Powell Preserve

This preserve offers a diverse mix of habitats: forested hills, bottomland woods, and a prairie planting 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.

Restoration efforts at the preserve began in 2006 when Sycamore volunteers planted 700 native hardwood trees to reforest a portion of the former hay field on the preserve. The remainder of the field was planted with native wildflowers and grasses in 2007 thanks to a grant from Cinergy, now Duke Energy, which owns the transmission line crossing the field. A small wetland area was created in 2015 as mitigation for a Monroe County Highway Department bridge project. Ongoing efforts include pulling invasive garlic mustard along the road, and mowing the prairie annually to keep out trees.

  • 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
  • Acres: 68
  • Features: native prairie, butterflies, American woodcocks
  • Year acquired: 2003
  • Donated by: Patsy Powell
  • Trail: 1 mile, easy
  • Parking capacity: There is room for four cars at the gravel trailhead