Why You Should Visit
100-year-old tulip stands, flowing springs and a 30-foot waterfall make Pennywort Cliffs an awe-inspiring experience. Walk through a TNC-planted walnut plantation, and admire the tulip stands that are more than 36 inches in diameter and still growing. While well-defined trails are easily followed, what is found off the beaten path is stunning. Two constantly flowing springs meet and make their way over a 30-foot waterfall before reaching Big Creek, Jefferson County's largest creek. The Cliffs are also one of the first classified forests in Indiana (1931).
What The Nature Conservancy is Doing/has Done
TNC protects forests along the stream corridor and other forested sites nearby by acquiring land from willing sellers and working with private landowners to manage their timber through the Forest Bank. Conservation targets at the site include the Midwest moist limestone and Dolostone cliff community, as well as the American water pennywort.