Near Covington in Fountain County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Portland Arch Natural Preserve
National Natural Landmark
This site possesses exceptional value as an illustration of the nation's natural heritage and contributes to a better understanding of the environment
Erected 1973 by National Park Service & United States Department of the Interior.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks, and the National Natural Landmarks marker series.
Location. 40° 12.996′ N, 87° 20.03′ W. Marker is near Covington, Indiana, in Fountain County. Marker can be reached from West Scout Camp Road (County Road 600 N) 0.4 miles south of North Walnut. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Portland Arch Nature Preserve, Covington IN 47932, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wabash - Erie Canal (approx. 0.4 miles away); Progressive Friends Church Memorial (approx. 3½ miles away); Osborn Prairie Church - - Built 1892 (approx. 4.2 miles away); Trail of Death (approx. 5.2 miles away); Warren County Patriots (approx. 5.4 Williamsport - Warren County (approx. 5.4 miles away); In Memory of Heroes 1861 - 1865 (approx. 5.8 miles away); Birch - Colvert Cemetery (approx. 5.9 miles away).
More about this marker. The Covington Post Office Serves the area - BUT the Preserve is South of "Fountain" (aka: Portland Arch) Indiana.
Directions: From Attica go south on U.S. 41 for about 5 mi. and then west on Co. Rd. 650N. Once in Fountain, follow signs to the preserve. There are two parking lots, each with an adjoining self-guiding trail. The trail from the first parking lot leads to the arch.
Regarding Portland Arch Natural Preserve. Bear Creek flows through a deep ravine with high rock walls. It is joined by a small tributary stream that has carved an opening through a massive Mansfield sandstone formation and created a natural bridge known as Portland Arch.
Portland Arch has been recognized for its uniqueness since the first settlers came to western Indiana. A resort and then a Boy Scout camp were located in this area in the past. Now Portland Arch is a National Natural Landmark, as well as a Nature Preserve.
Categories. • Environment • Horticulture & Forestry • Notable Places •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 4,477 times since then and 93 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 9, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 7, 8. submitted on December 18, 2008, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. 9, 10. submitted on February 3, 2009, by Lori Galloway of Covington, Indiana. 11. submitted on April 7, 2010, by Tim A. DeVore of Danville, Illinois. 12. submitted on April 21, 2011, by Robert W. Kukla of Frisco, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Historical photos of the Resort and/or Boy Scout Camp once located near the arch. • Can you help?