Hare Preserve at Downey Hill

Indiana Natural Areas: Brown County

Officially the Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill, and one of several preserves named after and made possible by the estate of Dr. Hill, who earned a PhD as well as an MD and lived to be a hundred! A gated lane proceeds generally east from the parking area, but your best bet is to head north or south onto the approximately five-mile loop that winds its way around the property and start enjoying. You can always use the lane as a short cut to return to the parking area should you decide not to attempt the entire loop. This is quintessential Brown County terrain: ridgelines, ravines, trees. Give yourself plenty of time to savor it.

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