Friday, April 16, 2010

Calli Nature Preserve - North Vernon IN

Muscatatuck River at Callis Nature Preserve
Muscatatuck River at Callis Nature Preserve
Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites, Markers & Museums - South East Edition
Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites,
 Markers & Museums
South East Edition
Calli Nature Preserve 
Visiting Calli 
To visit the Violet and Louis Calli Nature Preserve you will need to find County Road 40E. This road is about a mile east of downtown North Vernon, Indiana on US 50. The gravel road begins just east of the bridge across the Vernon Fork of the Muscatatuck River. After turning south on the gravel road, you will travel about a quarter mile to the parking lot, which is on the left. The road comes to a dead end at this point.
Violet and Louis Calli
Violet and Louis Calli
Dr. Louis and Violet Calli
Dr. Louis Calli and his wife Violet owned the land for the Violet and Louis Calli Nature Preserve. Dr. Calli was a physician who practiced for over fifty years in North Vernon. His wife Violet established the first Youth Center in North Vernon. She was awarded the Governor's Award for Community Service. The Jennings County Community Foundation owns the Nature Preserve. The Foundation manages the place in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Violet and Louis Calli Nature Preserve
Violet and Louis Calli Nature Preserve Trailhead

The Nature Trailhead
The Violet and Louis Calli Nature Preserve consists of 180 acres. The trailhead for the self-guiding trail is adjacent to the parking lot on the same side of the road. The trail is just a bit over two miles long. There is a brochure available in a box at the trailhead that describes 18 stations along the course of the trail. There is also a notepad for you to register, just for fun.
Violet and Louis Calli Nature Preserve Trail
Violet and Louis Calli Nature Preserve Trail
The Trail
The trail begins with a pleasant stroll in the forest. It then follows the course of a spring fed stream. The best part of this hike is the extensive section that follows the course of the Vernon Fork of the Muscatatuck River. Some of the hike is along high bluffs overlooking the river. However, there are spots that allow access to sand bars extending out into the river. In early to mid April this portion of the trail is emblazoned with thousands of Virginia bluebells in full bloom. These flowers line the riverbank, the trail sometimes passing through vast beds of them. There are also some old hemlock stands along the river on these limestone bluffs.
Violet and Louis Calli Nature Preserve Trail - Bluebells
Violet and Louis Calli Nature Preserve Trail - Bluebells
Great Hike
The trail finishes up by passing through some open fields before finally exiting at the parking lot on the opposite side of the road. The Violet and Louis Calli Nature Preserve Nature Trail is a fun and pretty place to visit for a hike.
Violet and Louis Calli Nature Preserve Trail - Woodland Poppy
 For more information, contact:
 Jennings County Visitors & Recreation Commission
 Box 215
 Vernon, IN 47282
 812-592-8087

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