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[DNR] Guided Hike at Coal Hollow Nature Preserve, Parke County
Start Date: 9/20/2014Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Date: 9/20/2014End Time: 12:00 PM
Event Description:
Cost: Free
From the intersection of US 41 and S.R. 47, south of Turkey Run State Park, go north on US 41 to C.R. 725 N and turn left (west), follow about 2.5 miles until it ‘t’s into CR 500 W. Turn right (north) continue following this road about 1.7 miles until it crosses the Jackson covered bridge. Turn right (east) follow for about 1.0 miles to a ‘T’ with C.R. 175 W. The parking lot will be on right (south side) near the barn.

Coal Hollow Nature Preserve protects a classic example of the deeply entrenched tributaries of Sugar Creek. A scenic rock walled gorge of over 80’ in height features extensive outcrops of sandstone bedrock covered in unique cliff dwelling vegetation. Seeps in the fractured bedrock provide a cool and protected environment for many species of ferns and mosses.

An extensive and healthy stand of Eastern Hemlock occupies the upper rim of the gorge. These dense conifers provide habitat for unusual animals including Black-throated Green Warbler and Northern Saw-whet Owl.
Many unique and beautiful plants including Blue Cohosh, Spikenard, Bulblet Fern, Walking Fern, Blue Ash, Witch Hazel, and Plantain-leaved Sedge are found in the preserve.

No trail in this preserve. This will be a hike of moderate difficulty with uneven footing over rocky terrain and shallow stream crossing. If your boots aren’t waterproof, you will get wet feet.

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

Contact Information:
Name: Tom Swinford
Phone: (317) 697-5508
Coal Hollow Nature Preserve
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