Guthrie Woods

Indiana Natural Areas: Jennings County

Guthrie Woods Interior

Guthrie Woods Interior

If you think trails and wilderness are incompatible, Guthrie Woods may be your kind of place. Impediments to straightforward navigation abound: large, irregular patches of sticky white soil, ephemeral ponds, the lavish wreckage of fallen trees, vegetative riots of poison ivy. You won’t need a flashlight – at least during the day – but the majestic cathedral-like ceiling formed by the branches and leaves of these old growth trees admit very little of summer’s light. The trees are bigger to the north but getting there can be a challenge. Whichever way you try to go, obstacles seem to pop up and redirect you; my own visits invariably end as I emerge from the woods, blinking, far from my intended destination. Bring a compass.


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