Please note: Masks are required indoors for unvaccinated visitors.
Not sure where to start exploring the Preserve's trails and carriage roads?
Come to the Visitor Center for recreation suggestions, directions, and information on local wildlife and geology.
The Visitor Center is open year-round, free-of-charge. Current hours are 9am-5pm on weekdays and 8am-6pm on weekends.
Especially for Kids ...
See live animals and models of wildlife. Wander through the nearby Children's Forest.
Take a Stroll
The short, self-guided trails around the Visitor Center are designed to give you a quick and easy introduction to the ridge.
- The J & S Grafton Sensory Trail is a 1/4-mile, easy, level loop. Interpretive stations along the way encourage you to touch, look, and listen to nature.
- The Weinstein Butterfly Garden along the Sensory Trail attracts a colorful display of wild butterflies. Take a rest and see the flowers that butterflies like.
- The LaVerne Thompson Nature Trail is a 1/3rd–mile rolling loop that forks off from the Sensory Trail. A free trail brochure (available at the Visitor Center or start of the trail) leads you along the path’s 16 stops, where you can learn about the plants, animals, and geology of the ridge.
Photo by Gerald Berliner