2021 Roadtrip to Portland Arch Nature Preserve in Fountain County Indiana on October 27th

My visit

Tracy and I made a second trip to Portland Arch Nature Preserve to check out the fall colors. Our first trip was in the spring of 2020. In 2020, we explored both the north and the south trail of this preserve, but this visit, we only ventured down the north trail. This is a short trail (less than a mile), but we were unable to follow the trail underneath of the "arch" because of high water. So, we backtracked and hiked to the other side of the "arch", and then backtracked again to leave. This added quite a few steps! If you're interested in seeing one of the few natural arches in Indiana, it is worth the trip! Just be aware that it is somewhat of a rugged trail in places!

General Info

(from https://www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/places-we-protect/portland-arch-1/)

Dedicated as a State Nature Preserve in 1972, Portland Arch in Fountain County is obviously beautiful with its dramatic sandstone gorge and the meandering creek that follows the well-worn path of the preserve. Also found are an assemblage of natural communities and features including cliffs, forests, open prairies, spring-seep wetlands, and savannas—all offering an abundance of plants, wildflowers, and trees.

Check out the Portland Arch Nature Preserve gallery by clicking here!

My 2021 Roadtrip Slideshow set to "Break My Stride" by Matthew Wilder


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