Recently, I made it out to the Bean Blossom Bottoms Nature Preserve to hike. One of my friends who had never been there went with me, so I became an unofficial tour guide for one of my favorite nature preserves.
A photo of the wetlands at Bean Blossom Bottoms NP
For me, winter is a great time to visit this wetland area.
You can see things in the landscape that you can’t see during the summer when the trees have their leaves on and the flowers and grasses are in full bloom.
This preserve, which is located in Monroe county, consists of 733 acres that was acquired from 1995 to 2018.
The majority of the property has been dedicated as an Indiana State Nature Preserve by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and it has also been designated a state Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society and a Wetland of Distinction by the Society of Wetland Scientists. Sycamore’s property adjoins the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Restle Unit of the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge and a privately-owned wetland protected by a permanent Wetland Reserve Program easement. All together, over 1500 acres of land in the Bean Blossom creek wetlands are protected.
This exceptional habitat at this well-loved wetland preserve provides a home for the endangered Indiana bat, Kirtland’s snake, rare orchids, and other threatened species. A raised boardwalk trail and observation decks enhance exploration of this diverse preserve.
We opted for an early morning hike and because it was late November, it was a bit chilly. The sky was overcast with occasional sunshine. The air felt damp so we were very glad that we wore our layers.
The path from the parking lot to the boardwalk had a base of crushed gravel but it was an easy walk to the boardwalk. There was however a lot of excess water on the ground due to recent heavy rain. We did a dance across the puddles trying to keep our feet dry.
We would be hiking the 2.5 mile loop. It was considered moderate in ease of hiking.
It was very quiet as we started out on our morning adventure. We noticed a lot of water throughout our walk though it did not cover the boardwalk.</…….