Sycamores at Hall Woods
Sycamores at Hall Woods Hall Woods © Christopher Jordan/TNC

Places We Protect

Hall Woods


Towering white oaks, dramatic ravines and a lush understory makes up Hall Woods.

Why You Should Visit 

Hall Woods in Putnam County was dedicated as a State Nature Preserve in 1987 and offers deep woods rich with trees and a lush understory, wildflower-covered slopes, and glistening streams full of life. Hall Woods serves as a microcosm of the entire Big Walnut Natural Areas project: deep, rich woods filled with sweet-singing warblers, soft slopes covered in wildflowers, sparkling streams full of life and a human history that serves to inspire. It is owned and managed by the Indiana Division of Nature Preserves.


What to See: Plants and Animals

Among Hall Wood's main attributes are dramatic ravines, tall stands of white on the uplands, and Big Walnut Creek which runs along the preserve. Species that thrive in the preserve include silver maple, sycamore, buckeye and tulip trees. Sugar maple. hickory, white ash, and white oak, however, are the more dominant species. It's healthy understory show few signs of previous disturbance, a rarity in Indiana. Look for flowering dogwoods, sassafras, beech and the fragrant spicebush in the thick understory. Warblers, swallows, kingfishers, and dragonflies are common wildlife seen at the preserve. 

A trail exists on the easy to moderate terrain of the preserve. 

For More Information

Visit IN Department of Natural Resource's Division of Nature Preserve website.