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Lawrence Woods State Nature Preserve


This site is significant because it is the largest known mature forest in this region and is home to a number of rare plant and animal species. Several plant community types are present within the forested area depending on the elevation. The highest and driest sites have an oak-hickory forest type. On the slightly less dry ground, the community grades into beech-maple, beech-oak-red maple, and maple-ash-oak swamp communities.

The forest has large trees of many species including white, yellow, red and bur oaks, as well as beech, white ash, shagbark hickory, red maple, sugar maple and sycamore. There are substantial buttonbush swamps within the forest in areas which are inundated for most of the year. Heart-leaf plantain (Plantago cordata) occurs in Lawrence Woods. This endangered species is only known from three sites in the state. This is an excellent spot for viewing birds and spring wildflowers.

  • Open 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset
  • Stay on designated trails
  • Pets are not permitted
  • No restrooms


1.1 miles of accessible boardwalk


Call: 911



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    Available Trails