Pennywort Cliffs protects more than two hundred acres crisscrossed by old lanes. Woods dominate the preserve, though some of the trees are of recent vintage.
Of special interest are two spring-fed streams that converge and then tumble over a thirty-foot drop before making their way to join Big Creek, a tributary of the Muscatatuck River.
Beech, sweet gum, oak, and tulip poplar rise above; wildflowers and ferns below.
There is an informal trail, unmarked, unmaintained, often wet, and occasionally hard to follow. There are also interesting lanes now largely overgrown, along with the usual assortment of deer paths. Also, watch your step – at least one area features a sinkhole with an underground stream gurgling below.
Jefferson County. From the intersection of IN 7 and IN 250, go west 3.5 miles on IN 250, and then south 1.4 miles on 800 West to an opening in the tree line on the left. Park along the road.
North 38 49.056 West 85 32.222
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Habeck: Wild Indiana; Page 131
Nature Conservancy: Guide to Indiana Preserves; Page 182