Forest Park trip

The previously scheduled trip to Forest Park on Sep 13 is canceled because unfortunately the property administrators have completely eliminated all public access for reasons unknown. At last week’s meeting we agreed to substitute a hike at the relatively new Sugar Creek Conservation Area near Jackson Bridge in Parke County. We will meet at 3:00 and walk along an old county road that passes a homestead and runs at the base of a scenic rock and forested bluff, past an artesian well, and ends with a view of a bend of Sugar Creek. The hike is flat and less than two miles in all. Some of the rock formations are obscured by the summer foliage, but there are great views from the road. (Those who want to explore a little beyond the road will want to wear long pants--closed shoes are recommended for all.) The DNR has recently mowed the path as well as access to the free-flowing well. This property is a great addition to the protection of the Sugar Creek flyway
and a scenic treasure for all seasons. Come join us and bring friends! There’s not a good spot for a picnic, but for those interested, we can look into eating somewhere afterwards.
Directions. We will gather in the LOWER parking area at the corner of Jackson Road and County Road 175 North shown on this map
(the property is labeled #201.)
Take Bloomingdale Rd north from Bloomingdale and cross Jackson Bridge. At the T beyond the bridge, take a right on Jackson Road. It is a little over a mile to the parking spot (where Jackson Road ends and CR 175 heads off to the left up a hill.)