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Bitternut Woods

Why You Should Visit

Located just north of Indianapolis, Bitternut Woods Preserve provides a picturesque retreat from the nearby urban environment.


Hamilton County


22 Acres 


What to See: Plants and Animals

Meandering along Williams Creek, Bitternut Woods Preserve offers 22 acres of bottomland forest where enormous oaks and sycamores are emerging into a majestic second growth forest. Springtime at the preserve offers a unique opportunity to view the beautiful indigenous wildflowers, including wild ginger (Asarum canadense), appendaged waterleaf (Hydrophyllum appendiculatum), may apple (Podophyllum peltatum) and bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis).

The preserve is open to the public, though there are no trails. For more information please consult the Conservancy’s Preserves Visitation Guidelines.


From the north side of Indianapolis at the junction of I-465 and U.S. 31, go north on U.S. 31 for 0.75 mile to 106th Street. Turn left and travel 0.5 mile. Park along the roadside.


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