Bayless Dune Nature Preserve
Barker Woods
Michigan City

The old-growth forest at Barker Woods is a place for quiet contemplation amid a busy urban environment. Walk the trail of this dedicated Indiana state nature preserve in spring. Admire the flowering dogwood and shadbush in bloom. Linger in the shelter of tall oaks, maples, and pines. Return in October for a spectacular display of fall color. Winter is also a good time to walk the trails. The bare tree branches make it easier to spot the many birds that live here year-round: woodpeckers of several types, great horned owls, many more.

Preserve Size

Preserve Size 30 Acres

Preserve Open to the Public

Open to the Public

Trail Length

Trail Length 0.78 Miles

Preserve Terrain

Terrain Flat

Fall Color

Activities Fall Color

Visit the Preserve

Barker Woods Nature Preserve is located in Michigan City, east of Cleveland Avenue on Barker Road, just past Barker Middle School.

Parking and trailhead are available in front of Barker House.

Barker Woods Nature Preserve

With Thanks

to Our Generous Acquisition and Restoration Partners

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National Park Service
Great Lakes Restoration
Indiana Heritage Trust
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Nature Preserves
State of Indiana
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The Nature Conservancy
Sustain Our Great Lakes
Save the Dunes
Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Program
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
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