A new nature preserve will open next month where residents can hike and see hooded warblers, Eastern box turtles and bald eagles.
The Laura Hare Preserve at Blossom Hollow, a 109-acre forest four miles south of Trafalgar, will open Oct. 26 once a trail is finished and signs showing the borders of the area are in place.
Eight volunteers and two staff members from the Central Indiana Land Trust, a nonprofit environmental group that owns the land, will clear the two-mile trail that will take hikers past a waterfall and ravine. The land trust purchased the property from a family in 2012. Purchasing the land and building a parking lot for visitors cost more than $500,000. The Laura Hare Charitable Trust and the Indiana Heritage Trust, which raises money by selling environmental license plates, both donated to the project.