Black Rock Barrens

Black Rock Barrens shares a parking area with adjacent Weiler-Leopold Nature Preserve. Black Rock Barrens lies to the east of the parking area.

Black Rock Barrens in Winter


A loop trail, marked with yellow-orange blazes, wastes no time entering the woods and then heads east past numerous shagbark hickory trees. A few hundred yards in, the trail turns sharply south to avoid a large ravine. In doing so, it begins descending a dry slope strewn in places with loose rock.

Aspect and vegetation change with elevation; on the floodplain below, where organic matter accumulates, the soils are deeper and better at holding water. The trail wends its way back to the west, and then makes another right hand turn at a narrow gravel wash.

As you climb back up the hillside, the rutted wash will gradually reveal itself as an old road, and then intersect with the entrance trail close to its beginning.


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
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Nearby Natural Areas

Fall Creek Gorge
Granville Sand Barrens
Weiler-Leopold Nature Preserve


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