Hillers Creek flows past moss and fern-covered bluffs and lush bottomland woods. It swells over its banks in heavy spring rain and settles in scattered pools and long gravel stretches in late summer. It periodically reveals an underlying coral reef that formed here 360 million years ago when warm shallow seas covered the area.
It’s home to pawpaw, sycamore, redbud and butternut trees. Blue-eyed Mary flowers carpet the bottomland in April. Great blue herons nest nearby. Though it’s just about a 25-minute walk from the visitor center, Hillers Creek feels like a world away.