Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve
Owned and managed by Sycamore Land Trust, this large wetland preserve features a diverse combination of bottomland hardwood forest, shrub wetlands, sedge meadow, and successional fields.
The majority of the Beanblossom Bottoms property has been dedicated as an Indiana State Nature Preserve by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and it has also been designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. Eighty bird species have been documented during the breeding season, including bald eagles that have actively nested there for the past several years. The preserve also serves as important habitat for many other threatened and rare animal & plant species.
Visitors are welcome to explore the nature preserve via the Beanblossom Bottoms Environmental Education Trail, which was funded by the Duke Energy Foundation and the Dr. Laura Hare Charitable Trust. It was built largely by the efforts of over 250 volunteers. This two-mile trail features a raised boardwalk and multiple observation decks over the wetland, allowing visitors to experience an otherwise inaccessible area. Please stay on the trail.