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The centerpiece of this preserve is the Fawn River, which winds back and forth across the Michigan/Indiana line. Woods along the river are second-growth, with small pockets of older trees where there has been no clearing. This is a floodplain forest with trees and other plants that survive periodic flooding.

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Two adjacent preserves serve as one: ACRES Maple Wood Nature Preserve and the LaGrange County Parks Nature Preserve. The county preserve has a visitor center, a maple syrup camp and a variety of year-round programs. Visitors may hike trails in both preserves. Common species of trees include sugar maple and butternut, and a variety of birds and wildflowers abound, the latter including …

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This is a woodland noted for its varied topography and great variety of wildflowers. Visitors may see blossoms of puttyroot, blue cohosh, creeping euonymous or heart’s-a-busting, sharp-lobed hepatica, wild ginger, Jack-in-the-pulpit and wild leeks. There are also sensitive fern and at least five varieties of sedge.

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Stark borders and protects part of the Pigeon River, one of the few unaltered and undredged rivers in northern Indiana. A walk on the trail near the river reveals that the water is tea-colored from the tannin found in the surrounding wetlands. A prominent feature of the property is an oxbow of the Pigeon River. This oxbow usually contains water. The resulting …

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