Hathaway Preserve at Ross Run

Friday afternoon brought glorious weather after many days of rain and gloom. I decided to take the boy and meet my parents in Wabash for a hike. Huntington resident (and frequent Indiana Outdoors poster) Curtis Henderson had extolled the virtues of Hathaway Preserve at Ross Run near Lagro, and so we drove the 15 minutes from Wabash to check it out.

Hathaway is 72 acres along Ross Run owned by ACRES Land Trust set into the picturesque Wabash Valley. It is comprised of woods and successional fields. The hickorys and maples turned the woods yellow with occasional crimson punctuations of redbud, and I was often reminded of Robert Frost:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth…

Occasional oaks were large and magnificent, often clinging to rocky cliffs overhanging the creek.

The creek itself flows over exposed bedrock. Its swift flow has scoured the bed smooth and clean with only the occasional boulder or recent rockfall from the high exposed banks. The creek tumbles over many rapids and small falls on its way to the Wabash a short distance north of the preserve.

One tiny Ross Run tributary falls 25 feet (my best approximation) to the creek below. Photographing that fall proved problematic due to the high cliffs, the thick undergrowth, and the already significant number of fallen leaves choking the tributary. I suspect that late spring would be the time to see this particular feature

Do note that in many places signs have been posted warning that the creek bed itself is on private property. Typically neighboring properties share a creek-bed, so I plan to reach out to ACRES to find out how much private property I strayed onto on Friday.


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