The woods that remain in Indiana are mostly confined to slopes and ravines that are difficult to log or farm. Guthrie Woods is truly unique as this classic flatwoods parcel has no elevation change greater than 10 feet. The preserve sits on white clay soil which does not allow water to percolate downward nor does it retain it; spring rains tend to pool up the woods and in the summer, the mud cracks from the dry conditions. *Not too far away is Tribbett Woods, another old-growth preserve that is often visited along with Guthrie.
Interior Low Plateau
63 Acres (Guthrie Woods)
31 Acres (Tribbett Woods)
State Nature Preserve, 1999 (Tribbett Woods)
The Nature Conservancy & Division of Nature Preserves
Nature Study Club
Protecting the Guthrie and Tribbett Woods preserves the few remaining examples of old-growth forest in Indiana for generations to come.
America beech, swamp chestnut and white oak make up this flatwoods forest. Sweet gum, red maple and tulip trees are also present as well as various plant species that make up the understory including red-stemmed white violet, cardinal flower, buttonbush, ditch stone crop and various ferns. Watch out for poison ivy, rare dwarf ginseng and the state-threatened sweet violet that can be found in this beautiful preserve.
Although no trail exists, the easy terrain is perfect for long strolls amongst the trees, flowers and birds that make thier home in either Guthrie or Tribbett Woods. Please keep the Conservancy's Preserve Visit Guidelines in mind no matter where you go to hike and enjoy nature.
Guthrie Woods: From Columbus, travel south on S.R. 7 to Vernon. Continue on S.R. 7 for another 6 miles to County Line Road and turn left (east). Travel roughly 1.1 miles to the southwest corner of the preserve. No parking lot exists but you may park on the side of the road.
Tribbett Woods: From Seymour, travel south of I-65 to S.R. 250. Continue east on S.R. 250 for roughly 4.2 miles to C.R. 700 W. Turn left (north) and travel approximately 2 miles to C.R. 750 S. Turn right (east) and travel 0.5 mile to the southwest corner of the preserve.