Creekshead Nature Preserve Loop

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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

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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.

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.

5 months ago

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

Thursday, 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.

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Wednesday, 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.

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