Fox Island County Park
Fox Island County Park occupies just over 600 acres in Allen County, and includes about 270 acres dedicated as a nature preserve.
The park is part of the largest continuous block of forest remaining in the county, though Fox Island also includes other habitats. That variety makes the park a favorite of local birders.
The park's name derives from an ancient dune that was once an island in the river of melt water released by the Wisconsin glacier. Remnants of that dune are still here, though itís now only about forty feet tall. The Upper Dune Trail follows the top of it, and you can return along its base by following the Lower Dune Trail.
There is usually a fee to enter the property.
Lettered posts mark important intersections in the extensive trail network; be sure to pick up a map at the impressive nature center.
The Dunes Trails are my favorites, but there are other attractions. The Marsh Trail features an observation deck overlooking a large wetland; unfortunately, noise from nearby I-69 is often obtrusive.
The aptly named Frog Pond is just to the south. During the warmer months, dozens of frogs may mark your approach by leaping into the small pool.
Bowman Lake is a stoneís throw farther south and is a major focus of activity. A trail leads from the southern end of the lake, through a prairie-like meadow area, and thence to the nature center.
The Bog Trail lies near the northeastern edge of the trail network. Expect wet conditions, sporadic markings, and a bit of a slog; you may prefer to wear boots, and prepare to pay a summertime blood tax to the local mosquitoes.
Foxwood Trail is a less challenging path that explores the southeastern portion of the park, but loud operations at the nearby gravel pit can mar the experience.
Allen County. From I-69 exit 102, go west on US 24 to the first left (Ellison Road). Follow Ellison Road south; it will cross railroad tracks, then curve to the east (left) and cross I-69. In the process, it becomes Yohne Road. Continue to the marked entrance on the left. Total distance from US 24 to the entrance is just over two miles.
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Nature center, water, bathrooms
Nearby Natural Areas
Bloom: Hiking Indiana; Page 57
Habeck: Wild Indiana; Page 58
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
McPherson: Indiana Best Hikes; Page 52