Scarlet Oak Woods

Named for the scarlet oak trees that display brilliant red fall colors, this property protects a mostly mature, open forest that borders a unit of the Morgan-Monroe State Forest and the Danny Smith II neighborhood. A short trail follows a ridge that runs the length of the property, with a deep valley to the west of the trail. The very top of the ridge was a clearing a few decades ago, and now has younger trees than the rest of the preserve.

  • From the intersection of SR 45 E and Smith Rd in Bloomington, go east on SR 45 thru New Unionville for 4.3 mi.
  • Turn right on Viking Ridge Rd and go to trail access at end of the road.
  • County: Monroe
  • Donated by: Anonymous
  • Features: beautiful ridgeline, creek valley, barred owls, wood thrushes
  • Acres: 66
  • Year acquired: 2002
  • Trail: 0.5 mile, moderate