Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Maps

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Foreword

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pp. xi-xvi

Fourscore and two years ago, I decided that I wanted to be born in the most interesting part of Indiana, and so it happened, in a very small town called Gosport, which stood on a bluff above a bend of White River’s West Fork.
Conveniently for me, the parents I’d selected had their doctors’ office in that picturesque little town...

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Preface

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pp. xvii-xix

While this book’s overarching purpose is utilitarian, it also represents the latest phase of a personal life journey that’s entering its fifth decade. When IU Press sponsoring editor Linda Oblack asked in January 2014 about turning my Natural Bloomington Ecotours & More project into a guidebook, I declined her invitation to “think it over.” I’ve been photographing...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xx-1

I’ve told anyone who cared to listen about my journey through the Southern Indiana wilds the past year and a half that I feel more editor than author of this volume. That’s because, aside from my observations from the roads, trails, overlooks, bluffs, valleys, creekbeds, lakeshores, and so on, this book is a compilation of others’ work, which I rewrote...

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Introduction

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pp. 2-10

This book is designed as a tool for travelers who enjoy, desire, or require nature for their recreation and inspiration. Its pages provide details on, anecdotes about, and directions to 119 natural areas in Southern Indiana, identified ecologically by natural regions and socially by transportation corridors.
The Indiana Division of Nature Preserves defines a natural area...

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Part 1 The Land Stewards

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pp. 11-32

The natural area destinations in this book are owned and managed by a variety of public and private entities, including federal and state governments and private, nonprofit conservation organizations.
Some are owned jointly, mostly between Indiana Division of Nature Preserves and nonprofits. Others are contiguous to one another...

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Part 2 The Southern Indiana Landscape

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pp. 33-72

From the majestic hills of Dearborn County to the surreal swamps of Posey County, Southern Indiana’s physical landscape, formed over billions of years, is a tilted physiographic plane that, while many of its landforms are treacherously precipitous, is in the geologic sense a rather soft, gentle...

Part 3 Destinations

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Section 1: Southwestern Lowlands Natural Region and Southern Bottomlands Natural Region

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pp. 74-133

The twenty-six-hundred-acre Wabashiki Fish & Wildlife Area is composed of floodplain habitat along the western bank of the Wabash River between West Terre Haute and Terre Haute. Except for a couple of strip pits at the south end of Sixth Street in West Terre Haute, the area is a work in progress and is accessible primarily via the river...

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Section 2: Shawnee Hills Natural Region

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pp. 134-183

The Cagles Mill Lake recreational complex sprawls over 8,075 acres of upland forest and limestone between Greencastle and Spencer, creating a landscape that an early settler described as “a sensitive display of rolling hills surrounded by numerous streams and creeks. The hills often rise into steep rock bluffs...

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Section 3: Highland Rim Natural Region

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pp. 184-289

Indiana’s oldest state park, the 1,924-acre McCormick’s Creek State Park surrounds a mile-long limestone canyon with deep woods, clear streams, and scenic waterfalls along a flowing creek named after John McCormick, the area’s first settler. He homesteaded nearly one hundred acres...

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Section 4: Bluegrass Natural Region

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pp. 290-332

The mostly wooded, thirty-two-acre Tangeman Woods preserve’s centerpiece is the Outdoor Lab Nature Trail, which was created in the 1970s by the Bartholomew County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). Located just west of Columbus, this natural area still features a small amphitheater area...

Part 4 Supplementary Materials

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pp. 333-333

Species List

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pp. 334-347

Glossary

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pp. 348-350

Resources

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pp. 351-353

Index

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pp. 354-373