Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve
Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve protects more than 300 acres, including floodplain forest.
The oft-submerged entrance trail begins near the parking area, and leads to a large, low observation deck. It also connects to a very long, branched puncheon trail that extends for hundreds of yards through low-lying land, and eventually into a wet forest.
The overall appearance is of former farm land that has had its drain tiles broken and been allowed to go native. If pressed for time skip the observation deck and walk the puncheon trail for close-up views of various wetland life forms. Visit during drier periods or bring waterproof footgear.
Monroe County. From the intersection of IN 37 and IN 46, go west 3.1 miles on IN 46 to Union Valley Road, then right 2.6 miles to a stop sign, and then right 0.9 miles along Delap Road, tending right, to 250 West, and then left 1.4 miles to the (occasionally submerged) gravel parking area entrance on the right.
North 39 16.612 West 86 34.713
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Nearby Natural Areas
Habeck: Wild Indiana; Page 106
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
McPherson: Nature Walks in Southern Indiana; Page 258
Nature Conservancy: Guide to Indiana Preserves; Page 10
Sycamore Land Trust