Dygert Nature Preserve

Trail at Dygert Nature Preserve, early spring

The parking area for Dygert Nature Preserve is unattractive, even by parking lot standards, and the relatively long path one must traverse to reach the main part of the preserve is not much more appealing. But once you reach the first trail junction, marked by a large rock, things will begin to get much more interesting. The highly complex trail network consists of seven or eight attached loops that provide access to a generous portion of the preserve’s 135+ acres.

Blue-eyed Mary at Dygert Nature Preserve

The terrain is gently rolling with numerous wet areas. A steep-sided channel passes through the southwest portion of the preserve and makes access to the other side a challenge, except at one point where an old lane crosses over. These woods are rich with spring wildflowers; I’ve seen more than two dozen species at a time, including bellwort, long-spurred violet, and thousands upon thousands of blue-eyed Mary.

Dygert Nature Preserve Trail Sketch

Directions: Whitley County. From the intersection of US 30 and IN 109, go north 3.7 miles on IN 109 to 400 North, then west 0.5 miles to 50 West, then north 0.2 miles and left onto a gravel drive that ends in a parking area.

GPS: N 41 13.504 W 85 30.088

Facilities: None

Google Maps

Dygert Nature Preserve Finder Map