Sycamore Land Trust

Preserving land and connecting people to nature


Sycamore Land Trust

Visit a Nature Preserve

Wildflowers at Touch the Earth Natural Area in Columbus, IN

Discover nature preserves to visit for hiking, birding, wildlife observation, environmental education, group hikes, photographing nature, and more.


Visitation Rules and Tips

  • There is no admission charge to visit any of our public nature preserves.
  • Preserves are open daily from dawn to dusk, unless otherwise noted.
  • Please stay on the trails and do not disturb plants, animals, minerals, or historic artifacts.
  • No camping, fires, off-road vehicles, bikes, horses, or littering.
  • Dogs are welcome if leashed at all times. Please be prepared to clean up after your dog.
  • You can help us maintain these beautiful places by becoming a Sycamore member. Thank you!


Featured Preserves


Bartholomew County

Tangeman Woods and the Outdoor Lab Trail
Beautiful hardwood forest with intermittent creeks.

Touch the Earth Natural Area
Offers over two miles of trails through woods and fields.


Brown County

The Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill
Classic Brown County hills and mature hardwood forest.

Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve
Steep hemlock bluff overlooking Beanblossom Creek.


Greene County

Dilcher-Turner Canyon Forest
Deep ravines, waterfalls, and sandstone outcrops are distinctive features.


Lawrence County

Jeremy Keith Oakley Preserve
Upland forest drops down to a stream in the valley below.


Monroe County

Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula Preserve
A hilly, hardwood forest surrounded by Lake Monroe. Hours are 8am to 8pm daily.

Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Trail
The trail and parking area will be CLOSED as of Monday, July 9, 2018 for a major renovation.
The trail will reopen later this year.

The Cedars Preserve
A grove of red cedars, sinkholes, limestone outcrops, and historic artifacts.

Ghurye Arboretum
A mowed trail loops through a demonstration arboretum at this neighborhood preserve.

Lake Lemon Woods
Beautiful woods on a steep hillside north of Lake Lemon.

Porter West Preserve
Notable for sinkholes, a historic cemetery, and a robust display of spring wildflowers.

Powell Preserve
Forested hills, bottomland woods and a native prairie planting, all bordering Beanblossom Creek.

Scarlet Oak Woods
A lovely open hardwood forest along a ridge.


Gibson and Pike Counties

Columbia Mine Preserve
A diverse mix of wetlands, prairies, and woods provides habitat for bobcats, otters, many other special species.


Vanderburgh County

Eagle Slough Natural Area
A true birding hotspot, accessible via a trail along an old rail bed.


Less Accessible Preserves

Placemarkers on the map below show the preserves owned by Sycamore Land Trust that are accessible by the public (see links above).

The other Sycamore preserves shown just by outlines are not generally accessible due to limited public road access and parking, although neighbors are welcome to visit. Please respect Sycamore’s neighbors and do not trespass to visit a preserve.

Visitors are welcome at these preserves, but there is no trail and/or parking is limited to the roadside.

Campbell Preserve in northeast Monroe Country, on Upper Birdie Galyan Road
The preserve borders Morgan-Monroe State Forest, which has a parking area and trail.

Fix-Stoelting Preserve in northwest Monroe County
A tall wooded knob stands out at this preserve along Beanblossom Creek. Parking available, but no trail.

Austin and Mary Ann Gardner Memorial Woods in western Brown County, on County Line Road
Mature woods bordering Hoosier National Forest and Lake Monroe.

Latimer Preserve in eastern Monroe County
Two deep wooded ravines dominate this preserve along State Road 46.

Pizzo Preserve in southwest Monroe County, north of Lake Monroe
A trail leads up the steep forested hillside overlooking the Salt Creek floodplain. Parking is limited to the roadside.

Wayne Woods in southwest Monroe County, on Duncan Road near Leonard Springs Nature Preserve
A mature woods, spectacular spring wildflowers, and sinkholes are found here. Parking is limited to the road shoulder.

Dan Willard Woods in northeast Monroe County, on Mt. Gilead Road
Bordering Morgan-Monroe State Forest, this preserve features mature oak woods and a memorial to Sycamore President Dan Willard. Parking is limited to the roadside.


Other Notable Preserves

These preserves are not generally accessible due to limited public road access and parking, although neighbors are welcome to visit on foot. Please respect Sycamore’s neighbors and do not trespass to visit a preserve.

Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Back Creek in eastern Lawrence County
The bluff over Back Creek is home to a rare stand of eastern hemlock trees, one of the few in Indiana.

Oxbow Preserve along Old SR 37 in Monroe County
Protects the scenic gateway to Bloomington. No parking or trails yet, but expected in 2016.

Sam Shine Foundation Preserve in northwest Monroe County
Very large 339-acre property that will be restored to nature and opened to visitors in due course.

Stafford Family Preserve in Brown County
Beautiful woods and fields adjacent to the state park. Will be open to the public once a parking lot is arranged.

Touch the Earth II Preserve in western Brown County, along State Road 46
Part of the scenic drive between Bloomington and Nashville, the preserve has woods, and old field, and an active farm field.