Cedar Bluffs

Indiana Natural Areas: Monroe County


Cedar Bluff

Cedar Bluff

The trail at Cedar Bluffs meanders through floodplain forest before approaching and then paralleling Clear Creek, where it becomes a challenging scramble over sharply slanted, unstable, and/or wet rocks. Continue until you reach the end of the bluff, then turn left, and begin working your way around to its back side. The trail ascends via a couple of rocky and occasionally slick switchbacks with low clearance. Ferns and wildflowers cling to crevices and small pockets of soil on the bluff face. Watch for purple-stemmed cliffbrake, a rather primitive-looking fern with widely spaced, sometimes grayish leaflets. Excellent views of the surrounding countryside await on top. A lollipop trail loops through a stand of the red cedar from which the property takes part of its name. This scenic perch is a popular spot with folks from Bloomington and you are likely to have company. When leaving, retrace your steps.

Clear Creek

Clear Creek


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