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5 Spots for Nature Enthusiasts in Wabash County

Spring has sprung (cliché I know)! It’s time to turn off the Game of Thrones marathon and bust out our hiking boots. Wabash County has an abundance of public trails to explore whether you like a nice leisurely stroll or a more challenging climb there’s a trail calling your name.

Asherwood {7496 W. SR 124, Wabash, IN 46992 }, an ACRES Land Trust property, is a more challenging hike as it is listed as a 4/5 in difficulty. The property is just over 160 acres with 2.6 miles of designated trail. Asherwood has deep ravines and boasts over 300 species of woody and herbaceous plants. If you’re a bird lover this is the place for you with over 140 species of birds that have so far been observed, maybe you can make it 141! ACRES is holding a ‘Bird Blitz’ where you and your birding friends can count birds either as an individual or on a team, on any open ACRES preserve, dawn to dusk, from Sunday, June 2 – Saturday, June 8. Bird up!

Kokiwanee {5825 E. 50 S, Lagro, IN 46941}, also an ACRES Land Trust property, has nearly 5 miles of walking trails with beautiful streams and waterfalls that fall into the Salamonie River. (Will add a more personal touch to this one after I go there)

Hanging Rock National Natural Landmark {552 E. Hanging Rock Road, Lagro, IN 46941} is just that…a ‘landmark’ in Wabash County. If you are from the area and haven’t been to Hanging Rock you’ve at least heard of this popular spot. According to ACRES Land Trust Hanging Rock contains a portion of a Silurian coral reef formed when Indiana and much of the Midwest was covered by a warm, shallow sea. When the Wabash River undercut the rock, the top of the rock was left overhanging its base, 65 feet above the Wabash Valley. A more leisurely hike but a big bang for a view can be found here.

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Not much for hiking but like to enjoy nature? Check out Harters Grove in North Manchester. Named after The Harter family who were some of the pioneers of North Manchester, this quaint little woods located next to Warvel Park is a great spot for an afternoon picnic. After your stroll through the woods enjoy the man made waterfall at the North end of Warvel Park.

Do you prefer to get your nature fix from a canoe or kayak? Pack your cooler and launch away from your to-do list at the new canoe/kayak launch in North Manchester located at their newest 2 acre park, Ogan’s Landing. Ogan’s Landing features a parking area large enough for vehicles with trailers, handicapped accessible restrooms, an ADA accessible canoe/kayak launch and picnic tables. Future expansion plans include a pavilion and playground equipment!

I don’t know about you but I’m ready to lace up my boots and get outside to #explorewabash #discovernorthmanchester and #gettoknowlagro !

Photo credits: ACRES Landtrust, Carrie Vineyard