This is the first comprehensive and fully illustrated guidebook for nature lovers who want to explore the wild and natural areas of southern Indiana by trail, water, or road. Featuring 95 beautiful color photos and 5 maps, A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana provides ideas for a lifetime of fun and exploration, and makes planning easy by including directions to the areas, offering suggestions on what to do when you arrive, and what you will find when you explore. Steven Higgs highlights each site's unique natural characteristics and history with additional facts, anecdotes, and observations. Higgs directs readers to the very best locations in southern Indiana for bird and game watching, fishing and boating, hiking and camping, and more. Come and explore the natural areas that represent southern Indiana wilderness at its pristine best!
"A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana fills a void in available guidebooks geared to nature-based tourism. You would need to do hours and hours of internet research to compile just a small portion of what this one book provides. This is an excellent guidebook and offers a big-picture view of southern Indiana's diverse environments. There is something for everyone – from botany and geology to history – which makes the book extremely useful for both families and ecotour groups as well as the lone explorer seeking out a new experience."
– Cheryl Ann Munson, Indiana University
"Steven Higgs has done an excellent job of not only compiling the places, but also detailing the important flora and fauna located therein, along with recreational opportunities for visitors to these preserves. I cannot imagine the amount of time that went into exploring all these places! Anyone with a general interest in the outdoors, including hikers, birders, campers and fishermen, will find this book useful."
– Johnny Molloy, author of Top Trails Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Foreword by James Alexander Thom
Natural Area Etiquette
Part 1. The Land Stewards
Part 2. The Southern Indiana landscape
Part 3. Destinations
Part 4. Supplementary Materials
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Steven Higgs is an award winning environmental writer and photographer and author of Eternal Vigilance: Nine Tales of Environmental Heroism in Indiana (IUP, 1996).
James Alexander Thom is the acclaimed author of Follow the River; Long Knife; From Sea to Shining Sea and Panther in the Sky, for which he won the prestigious Western Writers of America Spur Award for best historic novel.