We ventured to Amish Country to visit the Edna W. Spurgeon Woodland Reserve in Ligonier, Indiana. This is another Acres Land Trust site, in fact it’s the first one.
The dirt trail winds through the woods for nearly 1.5 miles. There is one main trail that has 2 loops off of it, making it easy to follow the trail. At the start the trail is quite wide, but it narrows as it progresses. There are some inclines and descents, but nothing too strenuous. As with most trails in the woods there are roots to navigate over. A few sections have wood planking to traverse over areas that may get wet.
There are a variety of trees and other vegetation making it a scenic hike. May of the trees are quite tall and some have fallen over. In fact, there’s one that crosses the trail, but does not impede continuing the hike. The entire trail is shaded making it comfortable even on warmer days. Sunny heard many critters and sniffed some great smells.
For more information check out the Acres Land Trust website.
We rate Edna W. Spurgeon Woodland Reserve 3 out of 4 paws up. It’s a lovely wooded hike, but there’s no water feature or other unusual feature. There also is no restroom. If you live near Ligonier or are traveling in the area, it’s well worth a visit. Due to the twisty trail in the woods with descents and inclines, it is not recommended for those with mobility or stability issues.
How do I get there?
Take route 6 toward and through Wawaka, Indiana. Take a right onto N 600 W. My GPS had me turn into a gravel driveway, but this is not the entrance to the reserve. Instead, continue past the driveway for nearly half a mile until you see a gravel parking lot on the right with an Acres Land Trust sign out front. Enter the reserve near the gate.