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Guided Hike at Pine Hills Nature Preserve, Montgomery County
Start Date: 4/8/2017Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Date: 4/8/2017
Event Description:

Pine Hills Nature Preserve "Indiana's first dedicated Nature Preserve"

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

The rugged hills and deep gorges of this preserve are covered with scattered stands of evergreens mixed with hardwood trees. White pine, hemlock, and Canada yew are relics which have persisted since the period following the last glacier when the climate was much colder. Both white pine and hemlock trees appear to be successfully reproducing.

The bedrock of Shades State Park was formed from sediments deposited when the area was covered by a vast inland sea. The deep ravines were formed much later. After the last glaciers receded northward, streams swollen with glacial meltwater cut into the bedrock. The four narrow ridges called backbones, which were left between stream curves, stand 70 to 100 feet above the valley. They are recognized as one of the most remarkable examples of incised meanders in the eastern United States.

Within Shades State Park. The parking lot, and State Park Trail 10 (which leads to the nature preserve), are accessed by following signs within Shades State Park. Naturalist programs are scheduled during the summer months.

  • 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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Name: Andrew Reuter
Email: areuter@dnr.IN.gov
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