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A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana

119 Unique Places to Explore

A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana is the first comprehensive guide for eco-travelers who want to explore wild and natural Southern Indiana, via trail, water, or road. Its 371 pages and 100 color images provide detailed information on 119 Southern Indiana natural areas, including how you get to them, what to do when you arrive, and what you will find when you explore.

Practical details are supplemented with facts, anecdotes, and observations on each site’s unique natural characteristics and human and natural histories from Steven Higgs, one of Indiana’s senior environmental writers and photographers. The award-winning journalist, who operates NaturalBloomington Ecotours & More, traveled more than 4,500 miles between I-70 and the Ohio River in two years for this project.

Purchasing A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana helps underwrire expenses on our two new book projects: A Guide to Natural Areas of Northern Indiana and  The Hoosier National Forest: Rewilding Southern Indiana, both to be published by IU Press.


Blue flag iris -- Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve


“In this guidebook, Steven Higgs has compiled and written a hundred times more good, useful information about my native state's natural treasures than I ever learned in eighty years of crawling, hiking, riding, swimming, and paddling all over them.”

-- James Alexander Thom, Foreword to A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana


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