In addition to providing more than 70 miles of trails open dawn to dusk, ACRES offers a variety of hikes & events throughout our region, all year long.

ACRES events are held rain or shine, sleet or snow. We love sharing the natural world with you in all seasons.

Share the Trails Hikes

Bock Nature Preserve

Saturday, September 8, 10 am
KOSCIUSKO COUNTY | Bock Nature Preserve
11630 S. SR 14, Akron, IN 469

Saturday, October 6, 10 am
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
Saturday, November 3, 10 am
STEUBEN COUNTY | Ropchan Memorial

Share the Trails hikes are non-interpretive walks in ACRES preserves. These casual, easy-going, social outings welcome new folks to the trails and to ACRES. Free to the public, donations encouraged.

Swift Autumn Hikes

Sunday, September 16, 1 pm
JAY/ADAMS COUNTIES | Bibler Nature Preserve
5504 S. 400 E. Portland, IN 47371

From Bibler, caravan to Madison Township School Nature Preserve, then 40 minutes north to Munro Nature Preserve. End your afternoon at the Gene Stratton Porter site in Geneva for the last-half of their (free) Bluegrass Jamboree.

Sunday, October 28, 1 pm
HUNTINGTON COUNTY | Pehkokia Woods
1570 Flaxmill Road Huntington, IN 46750

From Pehkokia, caravan to Tel-Hy, then to Victory Noll Acres, a closed preserve.

Free to the public, donations encouraged. Fast-paced, multi-preserve hikes, caravanning with ACRES volunteer, Janelle.

New event: Java Jaunts

Join Kelly Shepherd, Outreach team member, for 1-hour walks followed by “treat yourself” stops at local coffee, pie or soda shops. Tour the region’s finest with good company.

Wednesday, September 12, 9 am
ALLEN COUNTY | Blue Cast Springs
21412 Bluecast Road, Woodburn, IN 46797

Followed by coffee and a slice of pie at Bob’s Restaurant in Woodburn

Wednesday, October 10, 9 am
ALLEN COUNTY | Fogwell Forest
9630 Whippoorwill Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46809

Followed by a coffee stop at Mocha Lounge on Covington Road, Fort Wayne

Wednesday, November 14, 9 am
DEKALB COUNTY | James P. Covell Nature Preserve
Approximately 2727 County Road 52, Auburn IN, 46706

Followed by a coffee stop at Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings in Auburn

Preserve Work Days

Thursday, September 13, 6 pm
WABASH COUNTY | Hathaway Preserve at Ross Run
1866 E. Baumbauer Road, Wabash, IN 46992

Spend an evening fighting autumn olive in the young forest of the front field. Tools will be available, but feel free to bring along your gloves, favorite (unmotorized) tool of destruction, and anything else you find useful when cutting brush. Presented by Jason Kissel.

Saturday, November 3, 10 am
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Invest some sweat equity on the land you love: help fight Autumn Olive. Tools and gloves will be available, but feel free to bring your own.

Trail Stories and S’mores! Tyke Hike

Trail Stories and S’mores! Tyke Hike

Saturday, October 13, 6 pm
WABASH COUNTY | Mary Thornton Nature Preserve
1541 E. 300 N., Wabash, IN 46992

Stroll through an autumn forest, stopping for nature-themed story books. Make your own s’mores at a campfire after your hike. All ages welcome; geared toward young children. Presented by the Kissel Family.

Members Only Popp Open House

Saturday, October 13, 1 – 4 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Emanuel M. Popp Nature Preserve
12129 Tonkel Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46845

Campfire hotdogs, refreshments, cabin tours and hiking in this old-growth forest open only once a year. Presented by Larry Biggerstaff, Popp caretaker.

Share the Trails Hike Leader Seminar

Hike Leader Seminar

Share the Trails Hike Leader Seminar

Saturday, October 13, 3 – 4:30 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Emanuel M. Popp Nature Preserve
12129 Tonkel Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46845

ACRES hike leader volunteers, let’s hit the trails of this closed to the public preserve to practice simple photography skills and share tips and tricks for leading hikes. New volunteers welcome. RSVP to Kelly Shepherd at [email protected].

Annual Member Meeting & Picnic

Sunday, October 21, 1 – 4 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve, Dustin Barn
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748
Parking and activities at the Dustin Barn, located east of the main drive

Fun for all ages! Members gather once a year for a state-of-the-organization update and to celebrate protecting local land. Enjoy a meal and activities including hikes, Cornhole and a nature-themed craft. Music by Ken Jehle. Food by Feders Meats, beer by LaOtto Brewing, ice cream by Sweet Sanity. Meal and meeting at 1 pm, activities to follow. For tickets ($10/person, children 10 and under free), call 260-637-2273 or buy online at acreslandtrust.org/annualpicnic.

As a benefit of membership, you can vote at the Annual Meeting for Board of Director nominees and to amend the Articles of Incorporation. 2018 Nominees returning are: Steve Hammer, Ashley Motia, Dawn Ritchie and David Schnepp; new are Wayne Shive and Jerry Sweeten. Complete nominee bios and details regarding the Articles of Incorporation amendments are online at acreslandtrust.org/vote

National Take-a-Hike Day

Saturday, November 17, 10 am – 4 pm
NORTHERN INDIANA | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

It’s a seven-preserve swift grand tour trail celebration! From Dustin, caravan to Bicentennial Woods, Robb Hidden Canyon, Wing Haven, Ropchan Memorial, Fawn River Nature Preserve and Lonidaw.

Fuel up your vehicle for this extended caravan! Pack a sack lunch for a stopover in the cabin at Wing Haven. Participants will make a caravan/carpool plan at Dustin. If you choose to carpool for the full grand tour, you’ll return to Dustin after 4 pm. Otherwise, the day concludes by 4 pm at Lonidaw.

All-Ages Preserve Play Day | National Take-a-Hike Day

Saturday, November 17, 1 – 4 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Create a “Take a Hike” pennant and trail mix, then hit the trails! Guided hikes at 2 pm and 3 pm. Hosted by Kelly Shepherd.

In addition to our public hikes & events, we also offer guided hikes and presentations to private groups. From youth groups, to senior clubs, we’d love to share the trails and our story with you and your group!