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Guided Hike at Portland Arch, Fountain County
Start Date: 5/20/2017Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Date: 5/20/2017End Time: 12:00 PM
Event Description:
Portland Arch, "A National Natural Landmark"

This special hike celebrates Division of Nature Preserves 50th anniversary!

Bear Creek flows through a deep ravine with high rock walls. It is joined by a small tributary stream that has carved an opening through a massive Mansfield sandstone formation and created a natural bridge known as Portland Arch. A few native white pine are mixed with oaks and hickories on the thin mantle of soil on steep slopes. The ground is covered with mosses and lichens, and supports scattered beds of blueberry, huckleberry, and wintergreen. This is the only place in the state where the Canada blueberry is found. The rare native bush honeysuckle is found here as well. Vertical cliff faces have small crevices from which grow bulblet, hayscented, and marginal shield ferns. Several colonies of Forbe's saxifrage are found in larger pockets of soil. Liverworts cover moist portions of some rocks, and are occasionally joined by the creeping fronds of walking fern. Portland Arch has been recognized for its uniqueness since the first settlers came to western Indiana. A resort and then a Boy Scout camp were located in this area in the past. Now Portland Arch is a National Natural Landmark, as well as a nature preserve.

From Attica go south on US 41 for about 5 miles and then west on CR 650N. Once in Fountain, follow signs to the preserve. There are two parking lots, each with an adjoining self-guiding trail. The trail from the first parking lot leads to the arch. There is no access to or trail through the addition at this time.

  • Wear appropriate clothing and footwear, bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray.
  • Bring binoculars and a hand lens, if you have them.
  • No restroom facilities.

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Contact Information:
Name: Tom Swinford
Phone: (317) 233-4849
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