Canyon Forest Nature Preserve

Natural Areas: Canyon Forest Nature Preserve

State Designated Nature Preserve [#290; 2020]

Rock outcrop on the side of the canyon at Canyon Forest Nature Preserve

Canyon Outcrop. Click to enlarge

This 68-acre Sycamore Land Trust preserve is a relatively recent (2013) addition to their portfolio of properties, and offers a well-maintained figure eight trail, connected to the tiny (two cars?) parking area by a longish access trail. The “canyon” lies along the western edge of the trail system. There are nice rock formations, intermittent streams, and a small seasonal waterfall along the easternmost portion of the trail system, near the infrequently used railroad tracks. Otherwise, expect to experience a mature and very quiet woods that is home to many species of birds. I noted wood thrush, noisy woodpeckers, and scarlet tanager, among others. This is a very pleasant destination that I expect to become increasingly popular with time.

Trail Map

trail map

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Greene County. From I-69 Exit 117, west 7.5 miles on IN 45 to County Line Rd, then right 1.0 mile to Edwards Rd, then left 0.4 mile to a tiny parking area on the right.

GPS: N 39 06.071 W 86 41.433



Finder Sketch

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