Vandolah Nature Preserve

Vandolah Nature Preserve is immediately adjacent to I-69, and it is usually rather loud, particularly in those parts closest to the Interstate. The scenery and a nice assortment of spring wildflowers like twinleaf, hepatica, and jack-in-the-pulpit make this a worthwhile, if noisy, destination.



From the parking area, the trail heads straight toward I-69, then turns south to skirt a deep ravine. Watch for honey locust trees with spectacular thorns. The initial figure eight trail stays on relatively high ground, though offering overlooks of wet areas far below.

Locust Thorns

Another path descends to the bottom of the stream valley, connecting with a trail that follows Cedar Creek upstream, under I-69, and into a parcel on the west side of the Interstate.


Allen County. From I-69 Exit 116, go east 1.5 miles on IN 1 (Dupont Road), then left 3.9 miles on Tonkel Road, then left 0.8 miles on Vandolah Road, then left again on Tother Road. Park at the south end of Tother Road.

North 41 14.079 West 85 05.550
DeLorme 29:A8

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Nearby Natural Areas

Bicentennial Woods Nature Preserve
Mengerson Nature Preserve


ACRES Land Trust
Habeck: Wild Indiana; Page 57
Indiana Department of Natural Resources