Places We Protect

Guthrie Woods


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

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.


Jennings County, Indiana


Interior Low Plateau


State Nature Preserve, 1999 (Tribbett Woods)

Owned & Managed By

Oak Heritage Conservancy & Division of Nature Preserves


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.




63 acres (Guthrie Woods); 31 acres (Tribbett Woods)

Explore our work in this region

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.

For More Information

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