Due to extensive ecological damage of the preserve due to overuse and misuse of the property by the public, and safety concerns such as traffic violations along county roads, we are closing Fall Creek Gorge Nature Preserve to the public until further notice.
Uniqueness of Fall Creek Gorge
Fall Creek Gorge is one of the most scenic areas in west central Indiana with its steep walled canyons, tumbling waters, and potholes—large, circular openings in the sandrock that form the bed of the canyon—providing a picturesque home for unusual flora and thriving fauna.
What The Nature Conservancy is Doing/has Done
The Conservancy is constantly working to protect and maintain viable populations of forest-associated plants and animals. Invasive species control and trail maintenance is always a concern. Another concern is how the gorge is "loved to death" by heavy visitation in the past years. Local volunteers do monitor the preserve, particularly on summer weekends when visitors are tempted to defy the parking lot rule (once full, no further visitors are allowed). While we want fellow Hoosiers to enjoy this fantastic preserve, we also want to make sure that it is well-protected for future generations. Please keep in this in mind when visiting.