At a Glance
- Approximate Street Address: 3901 Simonelli Road, Whitehall, MI
- Anderson Woods Nature Preserve is a forested natural area near Muskegon, Whitehall, and Montague. A wheelchair and stroller accessible trail system leads visitors through a towering oak and white pine forest, interspersed with glades lush with blueberry and wintergreen.
- Trail length: 2 miles (See Trail Map)
- Before you visit, check out our preserve guidelines. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
The trailhead can be accessed from a parking area on the west side of Simonelli Road, between Bard Road and Duck Lake Road. The parking lot has two handicapped-accessible spaces. There are no restrooms at the preserve.
Anderson Woods Nature Preserve is a Category 1 LCWM nature preserve. Category 1 preserves have designated parking and well-marked trail systems. Most feature interpretive signs, overlooks, or other points of interest, and see fairly high levels of public use. If you’re new to exploring nature, these are great places to start.
The two-mile Sandy Hansen Birding Trail guides visitors through the dappled shade of the forest. The Land Conservancy worked closely with Disability Network/West Michigan to design an accessible trail and parking lot so that more people have the opportunity to enjoy the tranquility and beauty of a forested natural area. The South Loop is fully accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, while the rustic North Loop offers opportunities to explore more secluded areas of the preserve. Birds, deer, turkeys, and other wildlife are often seen along the trail.