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Bicentennial Woords

Bicentennial Woods

This is hill country, carved by the glaciers and covered with towering oaks, hickories and sycamores, some more than 200 years old. A variety of woodland birds can be seen and heard in spring and summer. Spring wildflowers include wild blue phlox, wild geranium, bloodroot and Jack-in-the-pulpit
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Blue Cast Springs

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. Native Americans likely used these bluffs to overlook the river’s canoe traffic. ...
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Cypress Meadow

Cypress Meadow

This trail system is slated for retirement. It will close to the public by the end of 2024 as part of ACRES’ comprehensive plan to update visitor amenities at our nature preserves. Learn more at acreslandtrust.org/raisingourstandards   Cypress trees stand on low land surrounding the water of a pond. There are also willow and cottonwood ...
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Fogwell Forest

Fogwell Forest

Fogwell Forest is in a lowland area southwest of Fort Wayne. It’s a bit of old-growth forest, with giant oak and beech trees. In the shade beneath the giants are flowering dogwood and pawpaw and an impressive display of wildflowers in spring. The preserve is the year-round home of squirrels, raccoons and great horned owls.
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Fox Fire Woods

This trail system is slated for retirement. It will close to the public by the end of 2024 as part of ACRES’ comprehensive plan to update visitor amenities at our nature preserves. Learn more at acreslandtrust.org/raisingourstandards   Fox Fire Woods is high, well-drained land producing a woodland where the dominant trees are oak and hickory. Along the ...
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This trail system is slated for retirement. It will close to the public by the end of 2024 as part of ACRES’ comprehensive plan to update visitor amenities at our nature preserves. Learn more at acreslandtrust.org/raisingourstandards   The Herman F. Hammer Wald Nature Preserve is in various stages of forest succession. There’s a field that was ...
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This trail system is slated for retirement. It will close to the public by the end of 2024 as part of ACRES’ comprehensive plan to update visitor amenities at our nature preserves. Learn more at acreslandtrust.org/raisingourstandards   The Little Wabash River Nature Preserve is a place of trees. The land donor constructed a pond and planted cedar, ...
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This trail system is slated for retirement. It will close to the public by the end of 2024 as part of ACRES’ comprehensive plan to update visitor amenities at our nature preserves. Learn more at acreslandtrust.org/raisingourstandards   The Maumee River Overlook is a high forested embankment overlooking the Maumee River. A water-powered sawmill was once located nearby on ...
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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. Spring brings a carpet of wildflowers beneath the trees ...
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At this reserve, you will see three stages of forest succession. First, there is an open meadow with stands of hawthorn and gray dogwood. Then, there are early-stage woods of elm, shagbark hickory and maple, plus a mature forest of sugar maple, beech, oak and shagbark and shellbark hickory. Finally, there is a beech/maple forest. The three habitats and their variety of trees ...
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Spring Lake Woods and Bog has long been recognized as significant to preservationists due to its sphagnum bog, orchids, pitcher plants, and plant life distinctive of northern muckland woods. The preserve protects shoreline of Lake Everett, Allen County’s only natural lake. It is also home to the rare four-toed salamander, and features distinctive plant life including cypress-knee ...
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Tom and Jane Dustin
Trails wind through meadows and woodlands, one leading to a wetland filled in springtime with horned bladderwort and the call of spring peepers. Another trail climbs a steep hill along the preserve’s southern boundary formed by Cedar Creek, one of the only three designated Indiana Natural, Scenic, and Recreational Rivers. The ACRES office is located ...
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