Guthrie Woods
Guthrie Woods in Jennings County, Indiana. © Christopher Jordan

Places We Protect

Guthrie Woods

Indiana

An old-growth forest that is one of the oldest protected sites in Indiana.

Why You Should Visit 

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.

Location

Jennings County

Ecoregion

Interior Low Plateau

Dedicated

State Nature Preserve, 1999 (Tribbett Woods)

Owned & Managed By

Oak Heritage Conservancy & Division of Nature Preserves

Partners 

Nature Study Club

What The Nature Conservancy is Doing/has Done 

Protecting the Guthrie and Tribbett Woods preserves the few remaining examples of old-growth forest in Indiana for generations to come.

What to See: Plants and Animals

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 their home in either Guthrie or Tribbett Woods. Please keep the Conservancy's Preserve Visit Guidelines in mind no matter where you go hiking and enjoy nature.

For More Information

Indiana's Department of Natural Resource's Division of Nature Preserves