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Acres Along the Wabash
Here along the Wabash River are sycamore, hackberry, burr and red oak trees that have stood along the river since Native Americans and early explorers paddled down the...
Anna Brand Hammer Reserve
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...
Art Hammer Wetlands
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...
Asherwood
Deep ravines divide beech/maple and oak/hickory forests on narrow ridge tops. Many species of plants and birds have been observed. Divided by Asher Creek and...
Ball Lake Nature Preserve
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...
Beechwood, Foster and Majneri Nature Preserves
Beechwood is adjacent to Pokagon State Park and has a mixture of habitats, including a beech/maple forest; yellow birch, red maple, red elm and blue beech trees; rolling...
Bibler Nature Preserve
Once part of a homestead called Spring Brook Farm, this preserve has abandoned farm fields, as well as grasslands and second-growth woods of oak, hickory and maple. Rocky...
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...
Bock Nature Preserve
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...
Brammall and Richard Bruner Nature Preserves
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...
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...
Detering Nature Preserve
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...
Edna W. Spurgeon Woodland Reserve
The Edna W. Spurgeon Woodland Reserve was the first ACRES property. It’s an area of low ridges, or kames, left by glaciers and cut by glacial meltwater. A...
Evelyn and Wendell Dygert Nature Preserve
This forested highland cut by ravines has a long list of trees: beech, maple, oak, hickory, cherry and many more. There are many species of birds here, including...
Fawn River Nature Preserve
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...
Flat Rock Creek Nature Preserve
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...
Florence Badger Nature Preserve
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...
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...
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...
Glennwood Nature Preserve
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...
Hanging Rock National Natural Landmark
One of our smaller preserves, Hanging Rock contains a portion of a Silurian coral reef formed when Indiana and much of the Midwest was covered by a...
Heinzerling Family Five Points Nature Preserve
Black Creek, which flows into Little Cedar Creek and then Cedar Creek, weaves through the preserve. The now-protected-forever ACRES land has vibrant wetlands, agriculture acreage,...
Herman F. Hammer Wald Nature Preserve
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...
Kauffman Nature Sanctuary
Sedges, willows and cattails provide habitat for nesting Green Heron and Sandhill Cranes. At the back of the property, a cold water stream, one of...
Kokiwanee
Kokiwanee features bluffs along the Salamonie River as well as streams tumbling down waterfalls into the river. This is a place of many species of trees; wildflowers, including...
Temporarily Closed – Little Cedar Creek Wildlife Sanctuary
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...
Temporarily Closed – Little Wabash River Nature Preserve
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...
Lloyd W. Bender Memorial Forest
Enter this preserve on a short boardwalk in a wetland, then go uphill and downhill, traversing a wetland forest, an upland forest, an area of forested floodplain of...
Lonidaw
Lonidaw is a Native American name meaning “Spirit Queen of the Woods.” The wife of Potowatomi Chief Simon Pokagon bore the name. Perhaps her spirit is still among the...
Madison Township School Nature Preserve
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...
Maple Wood Nature Preserve
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...
Marion’s Woods
This woodland, dominated by oak, hickory and cherry, is located within the city of Angola. A mature woods with very tall trees and a relatively open understory, the...
Mary Thornton Nature Preserve
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...
Maumee River Overlook
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...
McNabb-Walter Nature Preserve
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...
Mengerson Nature Reserve
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...
Munro Nature Preserve
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...
Pehkokia Woods
This preserve takes its name from the Miami word for “peace.” A small pond near the entrance mirrors surrounding trees and shrubs, giving you a feeling of peace...
Richard G. and Mary H. Culp Nature Preserve
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...
Robb Hidden Canyon
Robb Hidden Canyon is a steep-sided ravine with a clear stream running through it. There are beech and maple trees on the slopes, and a grassy meadow at...
Ropchan Memorial
Here are a ridge moraine, a kettle-hole lake and boulders from rocky outcrops farther north, all visible evidence of the passing of the great glaciers. The low wetland...
Ropchan Wildlife Refuge
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...
Temporarily Closed – Ruth Kern Woodland Preserve
The Ruth Kern Woodland Preserve is another property of varied habitat, with the Tippecanoe River flowing on its southern boundary. There is an older-growth bottom-land forest, an upland secondary-growth...
Spring Lake Woods and Bog
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...
Stark Nature Preserve
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...
Tel-Hy
In Hebrew, Tel means “high” and Hy means “life,” and the names, individually or together, are appropriate. From a bluff high above, visitors have a splendid view of...
Vandolah Nature Preserve
This preserve is nature adjacent to the modern world in the form of Interstate 69, and the sound of traffic is ever-present. Yet the visitor who can ignore...
Wildwood
This preserve has a small pond surrounded by forest, vernal pools scattered beneath the trees, a pine planting, numerous wetlands and a prairie. There are oak and hickory and...

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Thanks to member support, our trail systems remain open 7 days a week, from dawn to dusk, at no charge. It’s no secret that spending time in nature benefits us both physically and emotionally. Feeling cooped up and stressed out? Find fresh air, peace and renewal at an ACRES preserve near you. 

By the Numbers

27
counties served by ACRES in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio

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