Fisher Oak Savanna

Natural Areas: Fisher Oak Savanna

State Designated Nature Preserve [#205; 2005]

Preserve sign at sunset, with meadow, woods, and full moon in background

Sign and Preserve at Sunset. Click to enlarge

Fisher Oak Savanna is more than a savanna. Trails pass through selected portions of this 200+ acre preserve that includes a large pin oak flatwoods, sand prairie, and a dozen acres of black soil prairie. The latter was once under cultivation and is undergoing restoration, as are parts of the sand prairie. Expect to see large oaks and sassafras, lots of ferns, and plentiful bird life. This is a varied and scenic preserve that NICHES Land Trust has put much effort into restoring and expanding.

Fringed Gentian, a late summer purple wildflower found at the restored prairie south of the main part of Fisher Oak Savanna

Fringed Gentian. Click to enlarge

I find the extensive trail system occasionally confusing. Some of the paths appear to be of an informal or maintenance nature, and some connect to neighboring private property. Keep an eye out for no trespassing signs. The large restored prairie south of the trail system, and north of Jasper County Road 1200 South, is impressive and well worth a gander. Dickcissels nest here in the summer.

Trail Map

trail map

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Jasper County

From the North: From the intersection of US 231 and IN 16, go east 5.4 miles on IN 16, then south 0.5 miles on County Road 30 West, then east 0.5 miles on County Road 1050 South, then south 0.9 miles on County Road 20 East to the parking lot on the right.

From the South: From I-65 exit 193, go north on US 231 to Wolcott. As US 231 turns west, continue straight 5.7 miles to the parking lot on the left.

GPS: N 40 50.796 W 87 02.562



Finder Sketch

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Nearby Natural Areas (miles)

Spinn Prairie Nature Preserve (13.8)