The Harrison County Glades - which include Buena Vista Glade, Teeple Glade, Mosquito Creek and Klinstiver Glade - are nestled in the wooded bluffs and ridges of Southern Indiana. This natural community is defined by the limestone bedrock that underpins the entire area and occasionally erupts onto the surface at the glades, splintered by freezing and thawing. These openings are often filled with sun, but lack on soil and water making it difficult for trees to take root and survive. However some of Indiana's oldest trees, well over a century in age but only a foot thick, can be found where the forest meets the glade.
Interior Low Plateau
1,025 Acres (Mosquito Creek)
80 Acres (Teeple Glade)
38 Acres (Buena Vista Glade)
State Nature Preserve, 1988 (Teeple Glade), 1992 (Mosquito Creek)
The Nature Conservancy and Division of Nature Preserves
Indiana Heritage Trust & Division of Nature Preserves
Fire suppression is the largest threat to a glade for without the element the glade will lose its native species to a mix of red cedar and eastern redbud. Not only will fire maintain the open feel of a glade but it will also allow the native oak species to regenerate. Therefore, the Conservancy and its partners utilize prescribed burns to improve and maintain the glades the way they would want to naturally. Cave communities, streams, forest interior breeding birds and endangered species such as the Indiana bat and Allegheny woodrat are other conservation concerns.
Harrison County Glades and the surround forested valley boast waterfalls, interesting flora and abundant wildlife. While trees do poorly in the glades, plants usually found in prairies thrive. Little bluestem and big bluestem grasses, Indian grass and hoary puccoon are found here. Other plants you may cross include the Plant species you may cross include axe-shaped St. John's-wort, black-stem spleenwort, crested coralroot, devil's bit; Eastern milk-pea, false aloe and glade heliotrope, among others. The rare Hooded Warblers, rough green snake and eastern spadefoot toad find a home in the glades. Copperheads also like the area as it is ideal for sunning on warm summer afternoons. State-endangered Indiana bats and Allegheny woodrat rely on the glades as well.
You can't miss Teeple Glade in the late spring and early summer. A profusion of pale purple cone flowers and bright yellow crownbeard cover the glade in a blanket of color. If you ever wanted to run through a field of wildflowers, this is a perfect spot.
Mosquito Creek Preserve and Klinstiver Glade is found between Louisville, Kentucky (to the east) and Corydon, Indiana (to the west). The creek winds between the the wooded hills of southern Indiana before emptying into the Ohio River near New Boston. Visit the area in the spring, when splashes of color from yellow trout lilies, lavender wild geranium, blue and white dwarf larkspur and blue phlox can be spotted. Although they may be sparse in number, they stand out at the bases of trees and in the shade of stone outcroppings. Two water mill ruins lie along Mosquito Creek within the preserve. Swaths of ferns, a small waterfall and Virginia bluebells may be evident while exploring the mill ruins, depending on when you visit this pretty preserve.
A special note - A significant portion of the preserve has been formally dedicated as Sally Reahard Woods at Mosquito Creek, in honor of Miss Sally Reahard, a woman who in her lifetime enabled The Nature Conservancy's Indiana Chapter to achieve so much across the state.
The rugged terrain can be trouble when venturing to Mosquito Creek where no trails have been established, but certainly an adventure can be had if properly prepared with a compass. There is a trail at Teeple Glade, but please be cautious of the plants and animals that may be underfoot. Check out the Conservancy's Preserve Visitation Guidelines for information regarding your visit to these glades.
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 Road to Rabbit Hash Road and turn right (south) to Keen Hill Road. Turn left (southeast) and travel .25 mile to the preserve and parking ahead on the right side.
To Mosquito Creek & Klinstiver Glade: From Corydon, travel south on S.R. 337 approximately 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 four-way stop. Travel 2 miles to the "T" intersection and turn right on Kintner Bottom Road. Proceed 0.5 mil and turn left (east) on Mosquito Creek Road. Continue until you cross over the bridge above Mosquito Creek and park along the road.