Ives Road Fen Preserve Loop

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Ives Road Fen Preserve Loop is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Tecumseh, Michigan that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 3.2 miles Elevation Gain: 82 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

walking

bird watching

wild flowers

no dogs

Ives Road Fen Preserve is a Nature Conservancy preserve. To protect the fen and its flora and fauna, no trails enter the Fen itself, nor do trails reach the River Raisin. Off-trail walking/hiking is prohibited. Warning: The Nature Conservancy allows limited bow-hunting of deer at the Preserve, with written permission from the Nature Conservancy. Michigan bow season typically runs Oct. 1 to Jan. 1, with a break the last half of November for firearm season.

hiking
6 days ago

Ives Road Fen Preserve apparently has a nice fen, with the River Raisin flowing along and through it. However, I never saw the River Raisin from any of the trails, nor do any of the trails get close enough to the fen to see any of the interesting plants that typically grow in fens and bogs. Off-trail use is strongly discouraged, both by Nature Conservancy policy and by the quite dense, vigorous poison ivy lining much of the fen-side of the trail. The trails are wide and clear - you don't need to worry about the poison ivy if you stay on trail - but off trail would be unpleasant. So, the Ives Wood Fen trail is more a walk around some meadow areas with a few neat little ponds. It is a very nice little hike in a beautiful place, but don't expect to actually experience the River Raisin or the fen.

hiking
25 days ago

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