Indiana Natural Resources Commission Approves Creation Of Dilcher-Turner Canyon Forest Nature Preserve

(GREENE CO.) – The Indiana Natural Resources Commission voted Tuesday to approve the creation of the Dilcher-Turner Canyon Forest Nature Preserve in Greene County.

The new nature preserve protects 68 acres that contain 1.6 miles of moderate trails, as well as upland forests, scenic ravines with large sandstone outcrops, intermittent creeks, and several waterfalls.

The preserve was donated by David and Kathy Dilcher and Rudi Turner. This Greene County property served as their playground and retreat for more than 40 years, and they wanted to preserve their land’s pristine ravines as a natural area for people to enjoy. Rudi, a retired Indiana University biology researcher who passed away in 2018, had a strong interest in orchids, which are found in the property. 

  • From W SR 45 going west just beyond the border of Monroe and Greene Counties, turn right onto E Chapel Rd between the white Greene County Church and the graveyard.
  • Take the immediate right onto Greene County Line Rd.
  • Go 1 mi and turn left on Edwards Rd. Parking is on your right just after railroad tracks.