Pipewort Pond Trail
ElevationAscent: 7' 2 m
Descent: -8' -2 m
High: 780' 238 m
Low: 773' 236 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 1% (1°)
“This simple trail is great for wildlife watching, photography, and general exercise.”— Greg Karltun
Assuming that you continued on the western fork, you'll experience a straight and level trail all the way to Pipewort Pond. This portion of the trail traverses a mixed meadow habitat, with some areas of encroaching woodland. The trail is generally well maintained and rarely overgrown. Eventually, the trail widens into a mowed grove, and it is here that a small spur of the trail continues west to a boardwalk that overlooks the pond. The boardwalk is in average condition and is a good place to spot some interesting amphibians, reptiles, and birds.
From the grove, the main trail continues north and parallels the pond. This part of the trail is more wooded and occasionally experiences deadfall. A small overlook spurs off the trail and provides near-panoramic views of the pond during winter, spring, and fall. This area is also home to a few unmarked trails that are more distinguishable during certain seasons than others.
After paralleling the pond, the trail makes two abrupt right turn back into the meadow. This is by far the least visited part of the trail as many visitors only run to the boardwalk and overlook before turning back the way that they came. It is relatively flat and wide, but offers some opportunity for wildlife viewing. This portion of the trail eventually leads back to the fork by the parking lot, completing the loop.
Pipewort Pond is owned and maintained by the state of Indiana and was created to help protect a rare ecosystem. Disruptive activities like snowmobiling, off-roading, and bonfire parties are not allowed, but people do occasionally break the rules. Suspected violations should be reported to the DNR.
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Land Manager: IN DNR - Pipewort Pond Nature Preserve