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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 is a forest oasis with a stand of mature red and white oak, hickory, cherry, beech and maple trees surrounded by cultivated fields. More trees have been...
Art Hammer Wetlands
The Art Hammer Wetlands is the largest ACRES preserve. It has a variety of habitats: swamp forest with cottonwood and sycamore trees, upland forest with oaks and hickories, a...
Asherwood
Deep ravines divide beech/maple and oak/hickory forests on narrow ridge tops. Over 300 species of woody and herbaceous plants and 140 species of birds have been observed. Divided by...
Ball Lake Nature Preserve
Located on the north side of Ball Lake, this preserve includes a low wetland forest. Partridgeberry and other plants, likely carried here by the glaciers,...
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
Sap was once harvested from the maples here and boiled down into syrup. This beech/maple woods also includes tulip, sycamore, black cherry and blue ash — an unusual...
Brammall and Richard Bruner Nature Preserves
These preserves protect all of Pigeon Pond and portions of Pigeon Lake and Pigeon Creek, reminding us of a time when wild pigeons visited the area. Rolling meadows,...
Cypress Meadow
Cypress trees stand on low land surrounding the water of a pond. There are also willow and cottonwood trees. Northern white oak, ash and black...
Detering Nature Preserve
This was a “Green Grocer” farm where vegetables were grown and sold to the residents of Kendallville and the surrounding area. Now trees, including many redbuds, grow where...
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 preserve contains both upland and floodplain forest divided by the serpentine flow of Flat Rock Creek. The creek and mature forest attract abundant wildlife and provide great...
Florence Badger Nature Preserve
This little gem’s level trails meander through a beautiful upland woods dominated by beech trees ranging from saplings to mature trees. The larger trees with smooth gray bark...
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
Fox Fire Woods is high, well-drained land producing a woodland where the dominant trees are oak and hickory. Along the west side are wild plum and hawthorn trees....
Glennwood Nature Preserve
Glennwood contains a circumneutral bog, one of only 15 in Indiana. The bog once was a lake, but it is now nearly filled with a springy mat...
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
The Herman F. Hammer Wald Nature Preserve is in various stages of forest succession. There’s a field that was cultivated and now has scattered ash, red maple,...
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 is a floodplain forest where the drainage divides among the Eel, Wabash, St. Joseph and Maumee Rivers. There are wet areas, except during periods of drought, and...
Little Wabash River Nature Preserve
The Little Wabash River Nature Preserve is a place of trees. The land donor constructed a pond and planted cedar, cottonwood and willow trees around it. River birch...
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
From 1854 to 1975, students attended school at this site, first in a log cabin, then in a “modern” school built in 1923. Today, a boulder with...
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...
Marsh Wren Nature Preserve
This is a high-quality wetland complex comprised of marsh, shrub swamp, forested swamp, sedge meadow and a fen system. This preserve provides habitat for the massasauga rattlesnake and the...
Mary Thornton Nature Preserve
This preserve provides a great example of an oak/hickory forest being converted into a beech/maple forest. The understory is native and diverse, and the property contains ephemeral wetlands that...
Maumee River Overlook
The Maumee River Overlook is a high forested embankment overlooking the Maumee River. A water-powered sawmill was once located nearby on an outcrop of rocks in the river....
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
Originally part of the 13,000-acre Limberlost Swamp and forest made famous by naturalist and author Gene Stratton-Porter, this preserve is the site of Brushwood School...
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 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...
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
Glaciers sculpted this country, creating rolling hills and gravel and sand kames, as well as a kettle-hole lake, Cemetery Lake. The preserve has an upland oak/hickory forest, once-cultivated fields...
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
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...
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...
Woodland Bog
Beneath the swamp forest of red maple, red elm, pin oak, swamp white oak and bigtooth aspen is the peat of a centuries-old bog. Tamaracks probably once dominated the...

By the Numbers

32
counties served by ACRES in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio