Hall Woods

Hall Woods offers mature woods and access to Big Walnut Creek, one of the highest-quality streams in the state. This preserve is part of a complex of protected land along Big Walnut Creek that encompasses several thousand acres.

Big Walnut Creek at Hall Woods Nature Preserve

A mowed path leads from the parking area, soon veering right to follow a ridge top. Continue straight at the post that marks the start of the loop. The path descends, passing a small and enigmatic but well-maintained cabin on the left, before heading down a wooden staircase to the confluence of Big Walnut Creek and one of its minor tributaries. The path turns and heads upstream through floodplain forest; look for the bright red, five-part blossoms of fire pink along here in summer.

Cerulean, northern Parula, and yellow-throated warblers call from the treetops, and worm-eating warblers hold forth in the ravines. The gradual ascent meanders slowly through stands of broad beech, fragile, and maidenhair ferns. On reaching a bluff overlooking a small stream, the trail angles left to the start of the loop.

Hall Woods Trail Sketch

Directions: Putnam County. From the stop light in Bainbridge, go east 1.0 mile on US 36 to CR 300E, then right 0.5 miles to a parking area on the left.

GPS: N 39 45.361 W 86 47.237

Facilities: None

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