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Indiana

Ritchey Woods

A slice of nature in the heart of a rapidly developing and thriving community in central Indiana.


Why You Should Visit 

Amidst the fast-growing community of Fishers is an area blooming with biodiversity. Ritchey Woods is a quick trip for those living in or around the Indianapolis area wanting to stretch their legs and enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors.

Location

Hamilton County

Ecoregion

North Central Tillplain

Size

127 Acres

Dedicated

State Nature Preserve, 1983

Owned & Managed By

The Town of Fishers

Partners

Children's Museum of Indianapolis & Division of Nature Preserves

Conservation Concerns   

Surrounded by residential areas, corporations and an airport, the Ritchey Woods was purchased in order to save and protect the biodiversity found at the site. Due to these factors, pollution, runoff and resultant erosion are large threats to the ecosystems that make up the preserve.

What to See: Plants and Animals

The canopy is largely created by sugar maple and red oak though stands of green ash, Ohio buckeye and American elm can be found bordering Cheeney Creek. In the wetland area of the preserve, skunk cabbage is the dominated species though a variety of plants and wildflowers - like the wild bergamot - can also be found.

The easy terrain and developed trails are great for self-guided tours. Guided hikes and hands-on programs are also available for children, families, scout groups and school field trips.

For More Information

Fisher Parks - Ritchey Woods

Directions

From Indianapolis, travel north on I - 69 to 96th Street. Turn left (west) on 96th Street to Hague Road and turn right (north). Continue approximately 1.5 miles to the preserve on the left side of the road. 

Discussion

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