Acres Along the Wabash


Acres Along the Wabash Nature Preserve is a very scenic preserve with substantial Wabash frontage and spectacular spring wildflower displays. This is without doubt one of my favorite nature preserves in this part of the state.

Trail at Acres Along the Wabash Nature Preserve

Trail with Wild Hyacinth


Trails

Two trails lead from the parking area to the Wabash an accessible gravel trail, and a parallel dirt trail just to the west of the first that passes large-flowered trillium in May. On reaching the Wabash, trails lead both upstream and downstream.

The upstream trail is clear, level, well-defined, and very pleasant - at least for a while. There are many species of spring wildflower here, but shooting star steals the show. It is surely one of the better publicly-accessible displays in the state. Alas, the upstream path eventually peters out, and you will have to return whence you came.

As you follow the Wabash downstream, the trail sticks to a small embankment that affords nice views of the (still rather small) river. Pass the original junction point and continue west for a while. Eventually you should find yourself in a stupendous patch of wild hyacinth.

These members of the lily family sport clusters of pale blue flowers on racemes that extend a couple of feet above the ground surface. There are thousands of these plants present and they press in against the path that at times passes directly through them, so that it may become impossible not to step on and crush flowers as you pass.

Shortly thereafter, the trail bends away from the river and begins arcing back north and east toward the parking area. In the process, it passes large areas full of Phacelia, a wonderfully delicate wildflower; the displays here would certainly merit a visit even without the nearby shooting star and wild hyacinth.

Eventually, the path returns to the parking area, at which point you may wish to walk through the property again.


Directions

Wells County. From the intersection of IN 1 and IN 224, go west 3.0 miles to (gravel) Meridian, and then south 1.8 miles to IN 116, and from there east 0.25 miles to the parking area entrance on the right.

North 40 48.157 West 85 13.138
DeLorme 29:H7


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Facilities

None.


Nearby Natural Areas

Hammer Nature Preserve
Ouabache State Park


References

ACRES Land Trust
Habeck: Wild Indiana; page 60
Indiana Department of Natural Resources