2020 Hike #53 on October 25th at Bluffs of Beaver Bend Nature Preserve in Shoals Indiana

52 Hike Challenge

General Info

Bluffs of Beaver Bend Nature Preserve is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy and the Indiana Division of Nature Preserves. It is located on Spout Springs Road in Shoals, Indiana 47581.

The Bluffs of Beaver Bend Nature Preserve is one of the crown jewels of our state's nature preserves. It offers colorful sandstone cliffs that tower over the White River. Ferns and a variety of lower plants carpet the cliffs and hillsides with a kaleidoscope of colors and textures. Look for the sections of cliffs that have broken away from the bedrock and exposed unique geologic formations. Bluffs of Beaver Bend has been known by several names including White River Bluffs, Sprout Springs, and Gormerly's Bluff. The area, now named for the large bend of the White River and Beaver Creek, has a rich history. Native Americans used the bluffs as shelter and the river as a source of food. Large beds of freshwater mussels existed in the river, and traces of these shells can still be found today. Moonshiners, bootleggers, and gangsters have also played a part in tales told about the Bluffs as has buried treasure. Regardless of whether these stories are true, the Bluffs of Beaver Bend is truly a gem.

The Nature Conservancy further consolidated the site, giving Bluffs of Beaver Bend permanent and sustainable protection. With the DNP, the Conservancy is reforesting the floodplain to buffer the high-quality preserve lands. The existing woods will be protected and the lowlands will be restored to bottom-land hardwoods and managed as a natural area. Click here for more information.

My visit

Tracy and I headed back to Shoals, Indiana for hike #53. We were at the Bluffs of Beaver Bend Nature Preserve in April on a chilly spring day, and we returned in October on a chilly fall day! I wrote quite a bit about this hike in my first blog, so I'll keep this one short. It's a great place to spend the day! (Is that short enough?)