Creekshead Nature Preserve Loop

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Creekshead Nature Preserve

Creekshead Nature Preserve Loop is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Northville, 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.

Distance: 0.7 miles Elevation Gain: 16 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

wildlife

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.

hiking
muddy
48 minutes ago

hiking
flooded
muddy
15 days ago

Lovely place! Beautiful and filled with wildflowers. Was a bit muddy and wet, but those are all assumed with spring hiking!

hiking
18 days ago

A little difficult to find and there is no parking but here’s a tip. I parked across Curtis Road on a street called Spring Creek, I believe and then I crossed Curtis to get to the nature preserve. If you are facing the woods, the trailhead and sign is on your extreme left. Good luck!

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely trail just very swampy at the moment and unwalkable.

5 months ago

Difficult to find from the road, but eventually we did it. The trailhead sign is located a little ways into the woods towards the left-most property (if you're facing the woods). You'll have to park on the shoulder of the road and follow the white arrows painted on the trees for the trail. Very silent and foresty ... captures the essence of what Michigan feels like. An easy, pleasant walk.

A beautiful little woods that makes you wish it was bigger, much bigger. Very few invasive plants, so the woods look like a Michigan forest might have a few hundred years ago: open and dappled with sunlight.

hiking
Mon Apr 22 2019

Creekshead Preserve is a nice little woods. I was there after a couple days of fairly heavy rain and trails were predictably wet. There are boardwalks over most spots and none of the others were over the top of my boots. Pictures are geotagged to my track; more and higher resolution versions are at https://johnmetzler.smugmug.com/Parks/Legacy-Land-Conservancy-Preserves/Creekshead-Nature-Preserve/.

Thu May 31 2018

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.

nature trips
Wed May 09 2018

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

hiking
2 months ago