Black Rock Barrens lies to the east of the parking area that it shares with the adjacent Weiler-Leopold Preserve. Note also that Black Rock Barrens is different than nearby Black Rock Nature Preserve. 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.
Directions: Warren County. From the hamlet of Independence, go northeast 3.4 miles on Independence Road to a parking area on the right (south).
GPS: N 40 21.554 W 87 06.964