Northeast Indiana Birding Opportunities - Limberlost Swamp Conservation Area
Both the Limberlost Swamp Wetland Preserve and the Loblolly Marsh Nature Preserve are part of what once was the 13,000 acre Limberlost Swamp that was made famous by author and naturalist Gene Stratton-Porter.
Loblolly Marsh Nature Preserve was the 250th state dedicated nature preserve. It contains 463 acres. There are easy trails that total over 3 miles. This includes Veronica’s Trail which is a 2/3 mile (1/3 mile each way) ADA handicapped-accessible trail. The Loblolly Marsh includes marsh, woods, and prairie habitats.
Limberlost Swamp Wetland Preserve is 846 acres and has trails that total 3.6 miles (portions may go underwater in wet weather). The Deacon’s Trail allows one to walk back into the marsh. It may also be birded by car. This area continues to have rare bird sightings.
Website contains maps. Maps may also be found in the Visitor Center in a kiosk outside the building. On staff naturalist. Reporting of bird sightings is encouraged.
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Loblolly Marsh Nature Preserve:
8323 N Co Rd 250 W
Bryant, IN 47326
It is three miles west of Bryant on Hwy 18, turn north on Co. Rd 250W, and travel ½ mile to the parking lot.
Limberlost Swamp Wetland Preserve:
507 W Co Rd 1200S
Geneva, IN 46740
It is about 1 mile south of Limberlost State Historic Site off of US 27 to Co. Rd 1200S and turn west about ½ mile. Wetlands are on both sides of the road. Parking lot is on the north side of the road.
Hours: Dawn to Dusk at the preserves. Visitor Center open 10:00 – 5:00 Tuesday – Sunday.
Ownership: Indiana Department of Natural Resources Nature Preserves and Friends of the Limberlost
Restrictions: Roads can flood in heavy rains.
Parking: Parking lot at Loblolly Marsh and Limberlost Swamp Wetland Preserve
Nearby Amenities: The Limberlost Visitor Center has restrooms. There are restrooms at nearby gas stations in Geneva and Bryant. Geneva has a 24 hour Casey’s General Store. There are local restaurants in Geneva, Berne, Bryant and Portland.
Website: limberlost.weebly.com. Birding with Gene – free App/Book
Phone Number: 260-368-7428
eBird Hotspot Link: Limberlost Swamp Wetland Preserve ebird.org/hotspot/S55169466 Loblolly Marsh ebird.org/hotspot/L1267726
Written by Gorney