Nature Preserve

Natural Areas: Vandolah Nature Preserve

State Designated Nature Preserve [#134; 1992]


Trail. Click to enlarge

Vandolah is adjacent to I-69, and usually rather loud. 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 intimidating thorns. Another path descends to the bottom of the stream valley, connecting with a trail that follows Cedar Creek upstream. A portion of the property lies west of I-69 but the steep scramble under the highway probably isnít worth it. Views of the creek and a nice assortment of spring wildflowers like twinleaf (if youíre lucky enough to see it in bloom), hepatica, and jack-in-the-pulpit make this a worthwhile, if noisy, destination.

Trail Map

trail map

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Allen County. From I-69 Exit 316, 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.

GPS: N 41 14.079 W 85 05.550



Finder Sketch

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