Bender Nature Preserve

The official name of this ACRES preserve in Noble County is the Lloyd W. Bender Memorial Forest Nature Preserve. The property comprises more than 100 acres. The preserve contains a variety of natural communities, including upland forest, old fields, and a lowland forest that ACRES describes as old-growth.


Trail Map

The trail crosses a short boardwalk before joining the main loop. Wildlife is plentiful - watch for chipmunks, woodchuck, and the occasional garter snake. Spring wildflowers are also nice, with plenty of trillium, jack-in-the-pulpit, and false Solomon's seal. There's a short side loop. The trail passes near "The Spreads", a meandering stretch of the south fork of the Elkhart River. The bottomland here feature old trees and lots of ferns.



Noble County. From the intersection of IN 8 and IN 9 in Albion, go south one half mile on IN 9 to River Road, then west 2.1 miles to a parking lot entrance on the right.

North 41 22.823 West 85 27.383
DeLorme 22:G4

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Nearby Natural Areas

Chain O'Lakes State Park
Crooked Lake Nature Preserve
Merry Lea
Spurgeon Nature Preserve


ACRES Land Trust
Habeck: Wild Indiana; Page 39
Indiana Department of Natural Resources