Sycamore Land Trust

Preserving land and connecting people to nature


Sycamore Land Trust

Touch the Earth Natural Area



Located conveniently near State Road 46 just west of Columbus, this preserve is the largest piece of protected land in Bartholomew County and is an excellent spot for hiking and bird watching.

A mowed parking area along County Club Road provides access to two miles of mowed trails through scenic woods and fields, which are old farm fields now reverting to nature. The trail features several benches, an observation deck, and a tree identification trail by Cub Scout Pack 557.

Acquired with gifts from: Anonymous, Sycamore members

Features: Colorful prairie plantings, farm fields reverting to nature, birds such as prairie warblers

Acres: 98

Years acquired: 1995, 1998

Trail: easy, 1.9 miles

Slender Ladies' Tresses (Spiranthes lacera) at Touch the Earth. Photo by Vern Wilkins.

Slender Ladies’ Tresses (Spiranthes lacera) at Touch the Earth. Photo by Vern Wilkins.

Directions to Touch the Earth:

  • From Columbus, go west on State Road 46 for 5 miles to Country Club Road and turn left (south). Look for the blue water tower that is across SR 46 from Country Club Road.
  • From Bloomington and Nashville, travel east on SR 46, past Nashville. 4 miles after crossing the Bartholomew County line, turn right onto Country Club Road, the next road after Wolf Creek Road.
  • The entrance is on your left after about half a mile, across from a stone house.

Sycamore’s Tangeman Woods preserve, featuring the Outdoor Lab trail, is just on the other side of State Road 46 from Touch the Earth. Be sure to visit them both!

Click to enlarge trail map.

Click to enlarge trail map.









Touch the Earth Natural Area and Tangeman Woods on Google Maps