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Situated along the White River, Oliver’s Woods Nature Preserve offers a nature immersion in the midst of a bustling commercial district. This urban nature preserve encompasses 16 acres of woods, 37 acres of prairie-savanna restoration, and a mile of White River frontage.

Many volunteers have helped us build trails, plant native plants and trees and remove invasive species from the woods. This special care is allowing native species like wild ginger, Virginia bluebells, waterleaf, wild hyacinth and trillium to flourish.

The southern half of the popular Town Run Trail Park is encompassed within this property. The trails are used by mountain bikers, joggers and walkers, and they remain in place, as was agreed upon by Indy Parks and the original landowner, Oliver Daugherty.

This nature preserve is not yet officially open to the public, but we look forward to sharing it with the community soon. Once open to the public, this property will offer a canoe launch, interpretive hiking trail and access to walk the trails at Town Run Trail Park. Watch for an announcement about a 2021 grand opening.

History of the Property

A generous benefactor named Oliver Daugherty, who passed away in 2009, left this property to CILTI. Its restoration and eventual opening received a boost in 2017 when CILTI was named one of the nonprofits receiving support from Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust’s Partners for the White River. Many other donors have made this preserve possible, including the Glick Family Fund and PK Partners, as well as thousands of hours of volunteer support from businesses like Charles Schwab, Eli Lilly, REI and other local community businesses and groups.

Full Details
Assessibility Closed to the Public
Water Feature White River
Trails N/A
Parking N/A

Details on Access

Coming soon!

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