Sugarwood Forest Preserve
Access: Open to the public
Acreage: 40.25 acres
Recreational Activities: hiking, spring blooms, fall blooms, fall colors, wildlife viewing
Directions: Sugarwood Forest Preserve is located on the north side of Elm Valley Rd between Three Oaks Rd and Schwark Rd. From the Village of Three Oaks, head north on Three Oaks Rd for about two miles, turn west, and the entrance is less than half a mile on the north side.
Parking: A gravel parking lot for up to ten cars will be completed in the spring of 2022.
Natural Features: Sugarwood Forest Preserve is a plateau of uplands bisected by deep ravines. The northern portion of the preserve boasts an old growth beech-maple forest as well as a ravine with a Galien River tributary, a groundwater seep, and a unique plant community. The rest of the wooded uplands are considered mid-successional mesic southern forests in various stages of regrowth after a history of grazing. The southern ravine system contains floodplains with an impressive number paw paw trees. The southwestern corner is a former agricultural field being restored to a native prairie.
History: Sugarwood Forest Preserve was purchased at a bargain price in 2021 from former board member and current neighbor, George Platz. The name comes from one of the Platz’s many uses of the property: tapping maple trees and making maple syrup.
COMING SOON! Plans for hiking trails and a parking area are in the works. Check back here for updates!