Selma Steele Nature Preserve

Selma Steele Nature Preserve features wooded ridges and ravines immediately adjacent to the T.C. Steele State Historic Site in Brown County.



The trail system somewhat resembles a backwards capital E. Inspiration Ridge Trail is a short-stemmed lollipop that leads north to a remote painting studio once used by T.C. Steele. Most of the surrounding forest was gone when Steele worked here, and the views were more expansive.

The loop connects to Peckerwood Trail, which descends to the floor of a ravine, then turns west to climb back up to T.C. Steele Road near the entrance to the adjacent State Historic Site. As Peckerwood Trail turns west, it intersects with the northern end of Whip-poor-will Trail, which continues south, eventually emerging near the exit of the Historic Site.


Brown County. From Belmont on IN 46, go south 1.2 miles on TC Steele Road to a small unmarked parking area on the left.

North 39 08.128 West 86 20.722
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None, though there are bathrooms at the nearby State Historic Site.

Nearby Natural Areas

Brown County State Park
Deam Wildernesss
Hitz-Rhodehamel Nature Preserve
Yellowwood State Forest


Habeck: Wild Indiana; Page 111
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
McPherson: Indiana Best Hikes; Page 336
McPherson: Nature Walks in Southern Indiana; Page 204