Hiking trails at the nature center

The Pine River Nature Center has more than three miles of beautiful hiking trails that explore forest, prairie and wetland habitats.


Finding your way along the trails of the Pine River Nature Center is easy. Trails are clearly marked with signs at each intersection. The 90-acre nature preserve is bound on one side by the Pine River and on the other by the CN railroad line, making it difficult to get lost.




When you visit the nature center's trails, be prepared for the outdoors.

  • Long pants are recommended for all four seasons to keep away insects, brush and posion ivy.
  • Be sure to wear boots during winter and spring. Trails can be very wet in spring from rain and melting snow.
  • During June, July and August, apply mosquito repellant.
  • Always bring a water bottle with you to avoid dehydration.

Overview of trails 




Begin your hike on North Ridge Trail through a forest of mature white pine. 


Wetland Boardwalk
Wild impatiens
Discover the 30-foot wetland boardwalk on North Ridge Trail that goes through shrub-swamp and swamp ecosystems.

Wild impatiens bloom in open areas along the boardwalk during mid-summer.


Bridge on wildflower trail
Ostrich ferns
Bridges on Wildflower Trail go over abandoned channels of the Pine River.
Look for ostrich ferns growing in low areas along the trail.  
Trail  in winter
Prairie Trail walk
After a few inches of snow, the trails are a great place for cross-country skiing. The trails are NOT groomed, but you are welcome to forge your own path or follow another. 
During the summer, explore Prairie View Trail. The three-acre tallgrass prairie restoration area is a wonderful place to see summer wildflowers and observe grasshoppers and butterflies. 
Pine River
Black-eyed susan
Pine River Way follows a half-mile section of the Pine River. During fall, the spectacular red, orange and yellow colors of tree leaves reflect in the river.
Black-eyed susans and blue vervain bloom in summer.  


















Planning your visit

Below are a number of resources helpful in planning your visit to the nature center. 


Trail map brochure cover

Trail Map and Guide

This trail map and guide will help you navigate your hike.

Download the trail map and guide.


Self guided trail booklet

Self-Guided Trail Booklet

The self-guided trail booklet will allow you to identify and learn about various flowers, birds, trees and shrubs as you tour the 90-acre property. 

Download the self-guided trail booklet.