Wintergreen Woods Nature Preserve
Wintergreen Woods Nature Preserve protects a boreal flatwoods that is home to several species relatively rare in Indiana, though more common to the north. Paper birch is here, as are Canada mayflower (in spring) and wintergreen, a low evergreen plant that produces one or two red berries late in the year. Many fern and amphibian species are present.
Mosquitoes are generally horrific, and there is usually freeway noise, but the woods are well worth a visit.
Exuberant briars and other vegetation can obscure the entrance to the lollipop trail; look for the sign along the road and expect that access may require some work. An excellent trail brochure describes features found at numbered posts, though the posts may or may not be present. Puncheons cross the wettest areas, but there are other opportunities for the incautious to experience soggy feet and muddy shoes.
LaPorte County. From the intersection of IN 39 and US 20 in LaPorte County, north 4.0 miles on IN 39, then left on 925N for 1.75 miles. The preserve is on the right; park along road.
North 41 44.459 West 86 46.077
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Habeck: Wild Indiana; Page 19
Indiana Department of Natural Resources