Weiler-Leopold Nature Preserve


Weiler-Leopold Nature Preserve is immediately to the west of Black Rock Barrens; the two preserves share the same parking lot.


Deer


Trails

The Ron Bogard Trail is a loop with ten numbered stations; be sure to pick up a brochure. You’ll begin by passing through a large restored prairie (below), planted to native grasses in 2000 and various other native plants since.


Prairie

After a couple of hundred yards, the path enters oak savanna habitat – broken tree cover, with grasses and other vegetation below. These are white oaks, but not the tall skinny sort found in forests; these individuals had the space and sunlight to grow laterally, and took advantage.


Woods

Following a short transit through a seasonally wet meadow, the trail turns back to the north, crosses the prairie again, and returns to the parking area.


Directions

Warren County. From the hamlet of Independence, go northeast 3.4 miles on Independence Road to a parking area on the right (south).

North 40 21.554 West 87 06.964
DeLorme 31:G8


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Facilities

None.


Nearby Natural Areas

Black Rock Barrens
Fall Creek Gorge
Granville Sand Barrens


References

Habeck: Wild Indiana; Page 70
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Nature Conservancy: Guide to Indiana Preserves; Page 26
NICHES Land Trust