Mary Gerard Nature Reserve

Description

Situated along the Deer Creek, the Gerard Reserve offers majestic views.  Looking from atop the slate hillside down into the Deer Creek valley affords views of meandering creek, steep slopes with sycamore trees showing stark white bark contrasted against the greens of spring and summer or browns of fall and winter.  The trial leads down to the valley and up to the edge of the creek.

Evidence of wildlife activity is frequently found, from beaver chews to tracks in the soft soil at waters edge. Across the creek the property feature geologic wonders of cliff face and rock face.

History of Acquisition and Property

In honor of his mother, Mary I. Gerard, Charles Gerard donated 6 acres of quality bottomland woods along Deer Creek east of Delphi.

Charles Gerard, a noted local historian, avidly supported local organizations dedicated to historical preservation and natural area conservation.  Mr. Gerard authored numerous publications of local interest including, “Mystique of Deer Creek” that weaves local history with the poetry of James Whitcomb Riley, Hoosier poet who spent summers in the Deer Creek area. Gerard co-authored the Carroll County Sesquicentennial publication, “A Pictoral History of Carroll County” and contributed photographs to “Faces Behind the Facade.”

Overview of Management plan

 

Things to Bring With / Dress Considerations

Dress for hiking with comfortable shoes, that in many seasons or weather conditions may get wet.  Wear layers for ultimate comfort in a variety of conditions. Bring a water bottle.

Mosquitoes and biting insects are present – so wear long sleeves or consider applying insect repellent.

Many birds and wildlife live in wood, savanna, meadow, and prairie so bring binoculars and a camera.

No restroom facilities.

Practice ‘leave no trace’ hiking – if you carry an item on the property, carry it off again, including trash, food wrappers, beverage containers, etc.

Local features of interest near the property

NICHES Land Trust Moyer-Gould property

NICHES Land Trust Frogs’ Glory property

Delphi Opera House

Wabash & Erie Canal

Directions

from downtown Delphi, Indiana:

Head east on Indiana 25, just beyond town turn right / east onto 300 N.

Travel about ½ mile and park at the trail head marking Delphi Trail System

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