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.
North Central Tillplain
State Nature Preserve, 1983
The Town of Fishers
Children's Museum of Indianapolis & Division of Nature Preserves
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.
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.
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.