Hitz-Rhodehamel Nature Preserve
Freeman Ridge, Nashville, IN, 47448
About Hitz-Rhodehamel Nature Preserve
In 2012 the Hoosier Hikers Council collaborated with The Nature Conservancy to build a three-mile trail that loops around the 484-acre Hitz-Rhodehamel Nature Preserve. This property is a mature oak forest in Brown County with high ridges and steep ravines, blanketed in spring with wildflowers and full of color in the fall.
The dark shade of some of the moist, fern-covered hillsides offers respite during even the warmest of summer days. Hitz-Rhodehamel is a little known secret, an off-the-beaten-path gem that offers all the benefits of Brown County hiking without all the crowds.
While only three miles long, the trail can be challenging due to the steep terrain, and the fact that most hikes here end in an ascent back to the parking along Freeman Ridge Road. The three-mile loop hike consists of two long, 200-foot hills, tempered with switchbacks, and a few smaller inclines for good measure. Be sure to take a map and compass, and watch the trail markers closely, as the path is criss-crossed by a variety of other trails which used to exist on the property.
Click here to download a map of the Hitz-Rhodehamel Nature Preserve, GPS coordinates can be found on the website listed.