Fern Cliff Nature Preserve

Home to the sand from which Coca-Cola's first green glass bottles hailed, Fern Cliff and its sandstone cliffs have long been a popular Indiana refuge.

A registered National Natural Landmark, Fern Cliff Nature Park’s steep forested, sandstone cliffs, lush wooded ravines and a profusion of ferns and bryophytes make it a botanist’s floral paradise. Its 157-acre mesic upland forest is dominated by oak, beech, hickory, sugar maple, ash, wild cherry, tuplid, and other trees, and its abandoned sandstone quarry was the source of the greenish glass that made the first Coca-Cola bottles so remarkable. The preserve is open for hiking, photography and bird watching on its moderate to rugged terrain. Rock climbing and rappelling are not allowed. Please note Fern Cliff is gated to prevent vehicles. Simply walk around the gate.

From Greencastle: From the southeast corner of the Courthouse Square, go south on Jackson one block to Walnut Street. Go west (right) on Walnut (which becomes County Rd. 125 South) approximately four miles. Turn south on County Rd. 500 West (which will become 525 West, 550 West, and 600 West) approximately three miles to County Rd. 375 South. Turn west (right) to the Fern Cliff entrance, which is approximately one mile further.