Hoosier Prairie Nature Preserve

 

 

Location: Smack in the middle of the industrial wastelands, this preserve is along (on both sides) of Main Street west of Griffith. Take US 41 south from I-80 and I-94 to Main St. and turn left (east) and go about three fourths of a mile to the preserve.

Description: 548 acres. Considered highly ecologically significant, and encompasses a variety of habitats, including oak savannas, marshes, sand and wet prairies. Almost 400 native plant species, at least 43 of them rare in the state. Considered a part of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and a National Natural Landmark. Whooaaa! The city and Industrial structures are not as intrusive as it might look at first (did you even notice the oil storage tanks in the top photo?); this is a great place to visit whether you're into birds, wildflowers or just natural places in general.

It's the hoary puccoon!

Nearby Points of Interest: Gibson Woods and Biesecker Prairie Nature Preserves; Grand Kankakee Marsh.

Cautions: Aside from mosquitoes, I couldn't find anything to worry about here.  You're certainly not far from civilization.

Ownership: Indiana DNR

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