James P. Covell Nature Preserve (ACRES)https://acreslandtrust.org/preserve/james-p-covell-nature-preserve/ visit website Approximately 2727 County Road 52, Auburn get directions 260-637-2273
The James P. Covell Nature Preserve protects 2,700 feet of the west bank of Cedar Creek. Six miles downstream from the preserve, a 14-mile segment of Cedar Creek is one of only three streams designated under the 1973 Indiana Natural, Scenic and Recreational Rivers Act.
The preserve safeguards 40 acres currently in agriculture production, 33 acres of emerging upland forest and 23 acres of mature forested floodplain. Several trees in the preserve are estimated to be more than 150 years old.
ACRES will eventually reforest a portion of the farmland, planting a variety of native hardwoods and restore part of it to wetland with a mix of tall grasses.
Trail length: .57 mile
Rated not difficult