Bachner Nature Preserve comprises 28 acres of woodland and includes ¼ mile of creek frontage at the confluence of Rattlesnake and Sugar Creeks.  The stream features abundant macro-invertebrate species, fish and juvenile amphibians, such as soft-shell turtle. The riparian edge offers excellent habitat for a variety of birds, such as the belted kingfisher.  In addition to birds, the woods support various land wildlife including raccoon, fox and potentially river otter.

The land is level except for an inclined section south of Rattlesnake Creek. As the trees continue to mature and establish progeny and the understory transitions to include a…

A 33-acre refuge in Montgomery County, located in the northeast corner of Crawfordsville, Walnut Fork Wildlife Refuge features quite diverse native plant and wildlife populations, including upland woods with a vista overlooking the confluence of Sugar Creek and Walnut Fork, a few acres of prairie and a wet area where Walnut Fork used to flow.

Flora present includes abundant blueberry bushes, which support bird life.

Please note: LIMITED ACCESSentrance be by permission only. Contact NICHES to request access permission.

  • Bird Watching
  • Creek
  • Fishing
  • Mushroom Collecting
  • No Trails
  • Wildflowers