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Indiana Eco-Traveler Update: April 7, 2019

A Guide to Natural Areas of Northern Indiana released; In search of Bret Kimberlin Lake on the Hickory Ridge Trail

Copies haven’t hit the bookstores yet, but A Guide to Natural Areas of Northern Indiana was released by IU Press on April 1. I don’t have my complimentaries yet, but a reliable source says they will be in stock at Bloomington’s bookstore (yes, the Book Corner is the only one) on Tuesday, April 9.

Signed copies can be ordered from the Natural Bloomington Nature Books website.

Meanwhile, I spent that same April Fools’ Day exploring the Hoosier National Forest’s Hickory Ridge Trail Section 19 in Jackson County, unsuccessfully seeking a path to the elusive Bret Kimberlin Lake. While the 2.5-mile trek's primary mission failed, it did produce the first signs of life in the Southern Indiana backwoods and perhaps one image worthy of my upcoming Rewilding Southern Indiana: The Hoosier National Forest.

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Through our Historic, Environmental & Scenic Ecotours, Natural Bloomington subscribes to the principles set down by the International EcoTourism Society for “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people."

Natural Bloomington welcomes the opportunity to lead groups on ecotours during any season of the year.


Natural Bloomington's mission is to celebrate and share Southern Indiana's natural beauty through image, prose and ecotourism.

Contact us for informationabout our nature books and guide services.



Natural Bloomington Nature Books

Available March 2019 - Order now 

A Guide to Natural Areas of Northern Indiana

A Guide to Natural Areas of Northern Indiana: 125 Unique Places to Explore will be published by IU Press in Late March 2019.

This 429-page volume features 140 color digital photographs from natural areas between I-70 and Lake Michigan. Heres's what ACRES Land Trust Executive Director Jason Kissell says in the Foreword.

"Rather than just recommend you read this book, I encourage you to experience it. Get outside and into the amazing places Steven has selected. This book is meant to be marked with your observations and questions—to be dog-eared, mud spattered, sweat stained, and well worn."

Available - Order Now 
A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana 

A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana features anecdotes, directions and photographs of 119 natural areas between I-70 and the Ohio River. Here's what author James Alexander Thom says in the Foreword.

"In this guidebook, Steven Higgs has compiled and written a hundred times more good, useful information about my native state's natural treasures than I ever learned in eighty years of crawling, hiking, riding, swimming, and paddling all over them.”

To purchase copies and support the Natural Bloomington mission, click here.

Available Fall 2020

Rewilding Southern Indiana: The Hoosier National Forest

Natural Bloomington's latest project, a coffee table book called Rewilding Southern Indiana: The Hoosier National Forest, will retell some 350 million years of the Southern Indiana Uplands' natural and human histories in words and digital images.

It will be published by Indiana Universtiy Press in Fall 2020.


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