The Hoosier Hikers Council is rerouting a section of the Tall Timbers Trail at Big Walnut Nature Preserve in Putnam County. We’re building new trail that will highlight scenic overlooks of ravines and Big Walnut Creek. Big Walnut is a fantastic nature preserve that features a variety of large trees, creeks, and hills. For more information about the preserve see: https://www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/places-we-protect/big-walnut/.
Click on the maps and photos below to see larger versions.
We’ll update the map below to show our progress. As we complete new trail and cover up old trail, the green and red trail sections will be replaced by blue. Check back each month for updates!
Directions to Big Walnut
Big Walnut is located north of Bainbridge in Putnam County. From Indianapolis, take I-74 west to Lizton then go south on SR 39 to W CR 500 N. Go west on W CR 500 N to SR 75, then go south on SR 75 to W CR 200 N (in Hendricks County)/E CR 900 S (in Putnam County). Continue west on this road all the way past New Maysville where it will turn north and cross Big Walnut Creek on a covered bridge and become N CR 475 E. Continue past the covered bridge and you will see the parking area on your left. From Bloomington, take SR 46 west to US 231 in Spencer. Go north on US 231 to US 36. Go east on US 36 to Bainbridge and turn north on N Washington St/N CR 200 E. Continue on this road as it curves east then north again past North Putnam High School and Middle School. Then turn east on E CR 950 N. Follow this road as it turns back south and you will see the parking lot on your right (sorry, no covered bridge for you!).
Here’s a Google map showing the location of the property: