Although it was a cool day, the sun was out so it was perfect for taking a drive to Wabash, IN for an adventure. Sunny and I explored Asherwood which is another Acres Land Trust location. This site has 2.4M of trails (deer trail, frog pond trail, rabbit trail, tulip tree trail) in the woods that wind through the property and include ravines, a pond, and Asher Creek. There is also a picnic shelter and environmental center. We explored about 2M of the trails and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
After parking the car we took the first trail to the right and followed it through the woods. This trail had a cement walkway next to the dirt trail. Eventually the cement ended and we found ourselves on Deer Trail. This trail wound through the woods and gave us views of the trees and ravines. At one point we came across Frog Pond and a trail to it, which we followed. Sunny was quite interested in the pond, but since it was covered in green I managed to keep her from going into it. She did enjoy climbing on the dock and sniffing near the water.
After exploring the pond we followed the trail back to Deer Trail. We walked over some wood planks and across a bridge over Asher Creek. There were several steep sections with steps and eventually the trail ended at a green grass field and the environmental center. We found another entrance to the woods, walked through some mowed grass trails, and ended back at the parking lot.
Asherwood provides a beautiful, but challenging walk through the woods. At times the trail was quite steep with both inclines and declines. Some sections of the trail were quite wide, but other portions were narrow and only wide enough for one person. Acres Land Trust rates the difficulty of the trails 5 out of 5 and we would agree. This hike is only recommended for those who have good mobility, stability, and are able to climb sharp inclines.
Sunny and I rate Asherwood 3.5 out of 4 paws up. It’s a fun and challenging hike through the woods with the ability to get down to the pond and creek. There are several trails which are well marked. We enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the challenge of the trails. This is one of the few Acres Land Trust locations with a restroom and there is even a shelter for picnicking. The only negative for us is the long travel time.
How do I get there?
The address for Asherwood is 7496 SR 124 in Wabash, IN. Take the Huntington exit (#278) off I-69 and then follow 5N for 1.5M. Turn left onto 124W and continue for just over 25M. Shortly after passing S 650 W, look for the Asherwood sign on the right. Turn into the gravel driveway and follow it to the back to the parking lot. The trails are at the back of the parking area.
For more information check out the Acres Land Trust website.