Posted by: Bridgett Hernandez

  • 10/15/2021

Accessible Trail and Deck Coming Soon!

ACRES Land Trust has started work on a new accessible trail and deck at the Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve in Huntertown! If you’ve visited the preserve recently, you might have noticed that a portion of the existing trail is blocked off where our stewardship team is clearing the way for a .25-mile loop trail.

The project will also feature an observation deck that will offer a view of Cedar Creek from atop an 80-foot ravine. The creek occupies a tunnel valley – a deep, gorge-like canyon cut by meltwater flowing under pressure beneath a glacier. The Cedar Creek Corridor is the largest forested corridor remaining in Allen County, providing habitat for plants and animals, including bald eagles, river otters and bobcats.

“ACRES offers over 50 miles of trails throughout the region to inspire people to protect natural areas. We’re excited to offer a new accessible trail and deck to share that experience with everyone,” said Jason Kissel, ACRES executive director.

We hope to open the new trail and deck to visitors in spring 2022.  ACRES would like to thank the Cairn Foundation for providing a $20,000 grant to help fund the project.

This project needs your support.

The accessible trail and deck is the final phase of our Capital Campaign to create a more welcoming and efficient ACRES headquarters. Thanks to our supporters, we’ve raised 81% of our goal for the campaign with $112,000 left to go!

Will you help ACRES make nature more accessible? It takes just two minutes to donate. Your gift of $20 or more includes ACRES membership.