Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve



Location: From SR 37 at Bedford, travel east on US 50 ("the loneliest road in America") about 12 miles to the Leesville Road, then south to Leesville. On the south side of Leesville, take CR 126S to the east a mile and a quarter to the preserve's parking area on the north side of the road. There is another parking area if you continue on 126S to 1200W and turn north; the parking area is on your left just before the bridge.

Description: If there's anything Hoosiers are suckers for, it's hemlocks (or cedars). We make a big thing of any stand of hemlock in the state. This is a great place, though, shale cliffs lining a creek with the hemlocks up on the side of the slopes. This place seems to resemble Green's Bluff in many ways, but it may be a little bit better cared for. Good for wildflowers, especially spring wildflowers (for summer wildflowers you hit the prairies). 45 acres, one trail.

Nearby Points of Interest: Jackson-Washington State Forest, Spring Mill State Park, Hoosier National Forest, the Cave River County Park near Campbellsburg, Devil's Backbone.

Cautions: Don't drink the hemlock, Sherlock.

Ownership: Indiana DNR




National Forest