Creekshead Nature Preserve Loop

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Creekshead Nature Preserve Loop is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Salem, Michigan that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.7 miles
16 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



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This 27-acre preserve just 12 miles north of Ann Arbor, was donated to Legacy Land Conservancy in 1995. It holds a beautiful mature beech-maple-basswood forest and is invasive-free. Because the ecosystem here is intact, spring brings spectacular wildflower blooms including carpets of spring beauty, wood anemone, and trillium with scattered plants of the more rare, Dutchman’s breeches, squirrel corn, and the parasitic plant, beech drops. Both Johnson and Nelson Creeks, tributaries to the Huron River, begin in this wet forest giving the preserve its name, Creekshead. The hydric soils and wet conditions make it an amphibian hot spot. Brush up on your frog calls before heading out to see the spring wildflowers and you’ll be able to hear several types of frogs calling for mates while you enjoy the blooms. The half-mile trail loop will lead you through this high-quality southern-mesic forest, past vernal pools and over the small, seasonal creek flowing through the property. Creekshead is the only publicly accessible natural area in Washtenaw County’s Salem Township. This preserve is truly a gem.

19 days ago

I tried to find this trail, but didn’t have any luck. The location is surrounded by private property, and there is no where to park. I was unable to find the trailhead and had to move on. Either this location is incorrect or the trail is no longer there.

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1 month ago

This preserve is little known and little used, but it encompasses an assortment of native wildflowers, and is particularly interesting in the early Spring.