A daydream come true. Discover the beauty and drama of the seasons as you make your way around wetlands, through open woodlands, and over rolling panoramas of prairie.
- Woodlands, wetlands, and prairies
- Large expanse and rolling terrain with lots to explore
- A great place to get away and possibly a little lost
- Trails wind for miles throughout the preserve
- Wildlife: Coyote, deer, birds, butterflies, and much more.
- Late July: Prairie blazing star up to your neck fill the prariie.
- Wildflowers in woodland and prairie
- Autumn Color
Best Times to Visit:
- Yearlong enjoyment can be found here, even in the winter when the wetlands freeze and snow covers the trees.
Special Spots (click for map):
- Trailhead leading west into the prairies
- View through woodland of NE Hogwash Slough
- Eastern shoreline of Hogwash Slough
- Main Trails: Gravel / Very Wide / Suitable for cycling and horseback riding
- Intimate Prairie & Woodland Trails: Soil / Narrow / Hiking Only / Not suitable for people with poor balance or eyesight
Restrooms: Portable (parking area)
Mike’s Thoughts: Spears Woods provides an exceptional outdoor experience because of its spaciousness and variety. In just a few minutes, you can hike from one of the most beautiful wetlands in the area, the crudely named Hogwash Slough; through a restored oak savanna; around an ephemeral wetland festooned with blue flag iris; past Boomerang Slough, where bats flit overhead just after sunset; and, finally, to the cusp of a chromatic prairie. Surrounded on all sides by oaks, the kaleidoscopic sea of flowers and grasses drops into a wavy bowl, bottoming out at a moist basin where a tall, solitary willow tree forms the perfect focal point. Look and behold—the most idyllic panorama in the region.
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