Learn more about the Allegheny woodrat, the rarest of Indiana's mammals.
Glades are small, natural openings in the forest. Limestone is at or near the surface of glades and they face solar south. Glades are characterized by prairie-like plants such as pale purple coneflower, shooting star, blazing star and little bluestem that thrive in these harsh conditions. Historically, fire from lightning storms and set by Native Americans maintained the open glades and is a tool we use to restore and enhance these rare plant communities. A hike in mid-summer is the best times to catch the glades in all their crowning glory.
These small grasslands not only harbor beautiful plants and flowers, but a collection of associated insects, butterflies and reptiles. The rare Hooded Warbler, rough green snake and eastern spadefoot toad make their home in the open glades surrounded by oaks and cedars.
Insects and reptiles aren't the only species found in the glades. Outcroppings along the bluffs of the Ohio River play host to another species we are working to conserve in the Interior Low Plateau, the Allegheny woodrat.
Getting to Harrison County Glades
The Harrison County Glades is a collection of tracts south of Elizabeth, Indiana such as Buena Vista Glade, Mayme-Hinton Glade, Rabbit Hash Glade, Teeple Glade and Mosquito Creek Woods, which includes Klinstiver Glade. Each tract has its own appeal with those listed below making incredible hikes any time of the year.
Directions to Teeple Glade
From New Albany travel west on I-64 to the Georgetown exit. Turn left (south) on S.R. 62 and continue to S.R. 11; turning left (south). After traveling through Elizabeth, S.R. 11 turns at a 90-degree angle and intersects with Rosewood Road. Turn South on Rosewood to Rabbit Hash Road and turn right (south) to Keen Hill Road. Turn left (southeast) and travel a quarter mile to the preserve. Parking area is on the south side of the road in front of the gate. This preserve has a trail. Map.
Directions to Rabbit Hash Trail
From Elizabeth, Indiana follow Hwy. 11 South at 4-way stop. Continue on Hwy. 11 for 2.0 miles to a 90 degree curve in Hwy. 11. Turn left in the curve onto Rosewood Road. Follow Rosewood Road for 2.7 miles to Rabbit Hash Road and turn right heading southwest. Continue on Rabbit Hash Road for 1.3 miles to Rabbit Hash Trail on the right. Watch for the Rabbit Hash Trial sign. Map.
Directions to Mosquito Creek
From Corydon, travel south on S.R. 337 approx. 10 miles and turn right (west) on S.R. 11. Continue traveling roughly 3.5 miles to Laconia. Turn left on East Laconia Road at the 4-way stop. Travel 2 miles to the "T" intersection and turn right on Kintner Bottom Road. Proceed one half mile and turn left (east) on Mosquito Creek Road. Continue until you cross the bridge over the creek and park along the road. There is no trail on this preserve at this time, but Mosquito Creek makes a good landmark for wandering through the preserve. Map.