Beechwood Nature Preserve
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Beechwood is a 1964 gift of Garnette and Mildred Foster. The 73.11 acres holds a 1-1/2 mile loop trail. Trail extensions lead to the Manjeri and Foster properties were gifted later.
All 89 acres have been dedicated through IDNR's Division of Nature Preserves.
From Fort Wayne take I-69 north to exit 154. Take SR127 north, under the interstate, right at the park entrance and northward until you see the ACRES sign on your left. Distance from I-69/I-569 to the preserve is 40 miles.
Bordering the northeast edge of Pokagon State Park, the preserve is a mixture of habitats. The trail skirts a bog with a stand of yellow birch, red maple, red elm and blue beech. The trail continues into rolling meadows with thickets of pale and gray dogwoods, poison sumac, elderberry and spice bush. The open field sand a former apple orchard provide habitat for the white-tailed deer, which is common, and the deer can often be seen browsing on the apple twigs, buds and fallen fruit. The preserve is named for the beech-maple forest covering the preserve's northeast slopes and ridges.
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