This trail system is slated for retirement. It will close to the public Dec. 31, 2021 as part of ACRES’ comprehensive plan to update visitor amenities at our nature preserves. Learn more at acreslandtrust.org/raisingourstandards
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 u-shaped pond is used by wood ducks for feeding, breeding and raising their young. If you don’t see these ducks, you may hear their “meep-meep-meep” call.