Cressmoor Prairie

Natural Areas: Cressmoor Prairie

State Designated Nature Preserve [#161; 1997]

Rattlesnake Master, a prairie wildflower found at Cressmoor Prairie Nature Preserve

Rattlesnake Master. Click to enlarge

Cressmoor is the largest protected black soil prairie remnant left in Indiana. In late summer, every step will take you past another marvelous plant - prairie blazing star, gray-headed coneflower, Culver’s root, whorled milkweed, tall coreopsis, wild quinine, compass plant, rattlesnake master, prairie dock – some 250 species have been recorded here. Cressmoor is a wonderful and unique destination.

Trail Map

trail map

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Lake County. From I-65 Exit 258, go east 2.7 miles on US 6 (Ridge Rd.) to Lake Park Avenue, then south 0.5 miles to the parking area on the right.

GPS: N 41 32.696 W 87 15.596



Finder Sketch

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Nearby Natural Areas (miles)

Greiner Nature Preserve (2.9)
Bur Oak Nature Preserve (3.6)
Miller Woods (5.8)
Coulter Nature Preserve (6)
West Beach (7.2)
Tolleston Dunes (8.2)
Meadowbrook Nature Preserve (9.6)
Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve (12)
Little Calumet River Trail (13.1)
Moraine Nature Preserve (13.7)
Gibson Woods (14)
Cowles Bog (14.1)
Hoosier Prairie (15)
Indiana Dunes State Park (17)
Glenwood Dunes Trail (17.9)
Bluhm County Park (19.1)