Our first preserve, this was a gift from Edna W. Spurgeon in 1961.
65 acres with a 1.2 mile trail system.
All 65 acres have been dedicated through IDNR's Division of Nature Preserves.
Locally known as "The Knobs," this is ACRES' first nature preserve. The Reserve is as interesting geologically as it is beautiful. The glaciers left low ridges of kame - stratified layers of sand - and a few boulders. Ravines were carved into the kame ridges from glacial meltwater. The wildflower carpet is a spectacular mix of white large-flowered trillium, blue-eyed Marys, bloodroot, hepatica, celandine poppy, dutchman's breeches and squirrel corn. A climax forest of beech and sugar maple, the preserve has the second largest tulip poplars in the state.
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