Shrader Weaver Nature Preserve is nestled in northern Fayette County. Designated a National Natural Landmark, it protects 96 acres of old-growth natural forest and younger, successional forest. In addition to the largest black walnut tree in Indiana, you can see old-growth beech, tulip, black cherry, oaks, and maple. Shrubs include pawpaw, Virginia creeper, and spicebush. April is a wonderful time to see wildflowers, especially masses of Blue-Eyed Mary. Later in the summer look for Michigan lily, Queen of the Prairie, and – alas! – stinging nettles.
From Connersville take Highway 1 north to County Road 700 North. Turn west and proceed to County Road 450 West. Turn south and drive about a mile to a marked parking lot. Two marked trails guide the visitor. Admission is free.