Bayless Dune Nature Preserve
Bur Oak Woods

Bur Oak Woods features one of Indiana’s rarest natural communities: bur oak savanna. Many of the majestic bur oak trees found here are several hundred years old, their branches spreading outward as wide as the trunk is tall. Native Americans once paused beneath them on hunting expeditions. Long-gone animals – bears, cougars, elk, wolves, buffalo – wandered past. European settlers cleared their farms within sight of them. Still the old trees survive, a reminder of how things once were.

The property features thick woods being restored to savanna, wet depressions, and open sedge meadow. It is a haven for birds and amphibians.

Preserve Size

Preserve Size 85 Acres

Preserve Open to the Public

Open to the Public

Trail Length

Trail Length 1.78 Miles

Preserve Terrain

Terrain Flat, Wet


Activities Birding

Visit the Preserve

Bur Oak Woods is located on the west side of Hobart, just north of 49th Avenue on Liverpool Road.

A parking lot is located on the east side of Liverpool Road at the south end of the woods. The loop hiking trails include bridges and boardwalks.

Bur Oak Woods Trail Map

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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