boardwalk in forest
St. Francis
Michigan City

St. Francis is a 39-acre swamp forest with a 1/4 mile boardwalk trail lined with oak and maple trees. Wildlife seen at this preserve include birds, deer, butterflies, and squirrels.

Spring is the best time to visit the preserve when the marsh marigold and broom tussock sedge are in bloom.

The boardwalk trail is ADA accessible and located directly beside Franciscan Health Michigan City hospital.

Preserve Size

Preserve Size 39 Acres

Preserve Open to the Public

Open to the Public

Trail Length

Trail Length 0.25 Miles

Preserve Terrain

Terrain Flat, ADA Accessible


Activities Wildflowers

Visit the Preserve

St. Francis Nature Preserve is located on the southwest side of Michigan City, off of I-94 and US-421, adjacent to Franciscan Health Michigan City hospital.

The main parking lot is located along 3500 Franciscan Way Michigan City, IN 46360. The boardwalk trail juts out into the forest just beside the hospital.

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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