ACRES is a partner in the 2019 Allen County Trailblazers Program

The mission of the Allen County Trailblazers partners is:

“To encourage and promote exposure to the outdoors, provide opportunities for physical fitness and mental wellness, and to increase the awareness and support of all participating agencies.

The Allen County Trailblazer program runs from July 1 to December 31.

How can you participate?

You can hike 10 of 14 designated trails from partner organizations and receive a medallion for completing the challenge. You can also join guided hikes to help you meet your goal, make new friends and learn about the participating organizations.

Participating trails groups include: Allen County Parks, ACRES Land Trust, Little River Wetlands Project, New Haven Parks and Recreation, Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation and Fort Wayne Trails.

Visit to find more information and see the participating trails. 

Download the 2019 Hiking Form to view all participating trails and track your progress.

Stay informed by following Allen County Trailblazers on Facebook

ACRES Land Trust Guided Trailblazer Hike Event

Saturday, October 5, 10 am 
ALLEN COUNTY | Blue Cast Springs 
21412 Bluecast Road, Woodburn, IN 4679

Explore the unique ravines and bluffs of Blue Cast Springs during this casual, easy-going social hike led by ACRES volunteers.
Free to the public, donations encouraged.

2019 Participating ACRES Trails

Blue Cast Springs
ALLEN COUNTY | 21412 Bluecast Road, Woodburn, IN 4679
1.1 miles of trails through flat terrain.

Blue Cast Springs protects over 3,000 feet of the Maumee River bank and was at one time the site of a natural spring once thought to have healthful properties. Bluffs 30-feet high offer vistas of the Maumee River and one of its islands.

Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve 
ALLEN COUNTY | 1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748
1.8 miles of trails through relatively flat terrain

The ACRES historic office is located in this preserve. Trails wind through meadows and woodlands, one leading to a wetland. Another trail climbs a steep hill along the preserve’s southern boundary formed by Cedar Creek, one of only three designated Indiana Natural, Scenic and Recreational Rivers.

McNabb-Walter Preserve 
ALLEN COUNTY | 16138 Davis Road, Spencerville, IN 46788
1.4 miles of trail on mostly flat terrain

This preserve protects a picturesque high south bank of the St. Joseph River, ravines of Davis Fisher Creek and an old-growth maple woods where a maple sugar camp operated for many years. There are still remnants of the sugar camp. The woods have sugar maple, tulip, red and white oak, beech, ash and sycamore.