Ritchey Woods
Ritchey Woods Ritchey Woods in Hamilton County © Ron Leonetti

Places We Protect

Ritchey Woods

Indiana

Ritchey Woods is a slice of nature in the heart of a rapidly developing central Indiana.

Why You Should Visit 

Amidst the fast-growing community of Fishers is an area blooming with biodiversity. Dedicated as a State Nature Preserve in 1983 and owned by the Town of Fishers, Ritchey Woods in Hamilton County 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.

Conservation Concerns   

Surrounded by residential areas, corporations and an airport, 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.

Work done at this preserve is in partnership with the Children's Museum of Indianapolis & the Indiana Division of Nature Preserves.

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 through 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