We decided to venture to Garrett, Indiana and check out the Heinzerling Family Five Points Nature Preserve, another Acres Land Trust property. Karl Heinzerling purchased the property in the 1920’s and donated it to the Acres Land Trust in 2014. It consists of a .7M loop through the woods and along the Black Creek. There is only one trail with markers at a few sections to ensure you stay on the trail. It is a fairly narrow trail through the woods with a few inclines and two bridges over the creek.
The trail is mostly shaded until you exit the woods and follow the creek. This section is mowed grass with taller grass and wild flowers on the side of the creek. There is no access to the creek as you walk on a bluff above the creek. After a short distance you re-enter the woods and walk a short distance to return to the parking lot.
This is a nice place for a short hike in the woods. It is not recommended for those with mobility issues as the trail is narrow, muddy in places, and has several large inclines.
We rate Heinzerling Family Five Points Nature Preserve 2.5 out of 4 paws up. Although a nice walk in the woods, the path is narrow and allows for less than a mile of hiking. There is no access to the water and there is no restroom. It’s a nice place for a short hike in the woods, but there are other locations we like better. Despite that we will likely return since it’s close to home and family.
How do I get there?
Heinzerling Family Five Points Nature Preserve is on County Road 7A in Garrett, Indiana. From 327 turn onto either 9 or 68, depending on the direction you are traveling. From 9 turn onto 7A, which is a gravel road. Follow it for about a mile. After passing Cedar Lane, look on the right and you will see a gravel parking lot with two vertical wood posts. This is the parking lot. After parking walk straight ahead and you will see an Acres Land Trust sign.
For more information about the nature preserve check out the Acres Land Trust website.