At a Glance
- Approximate Street Address: 11715 Vergennes Road, Lowell, MI
- Located just outside of Lowell, adjacent to Lowell High School and the Wittenbach Center, this preserve is often used as an outdoor classroom by Lowell-area students and nature enthusiasts. Hiking trails wind through mixed hardwood forests, cross over a trout stream, and wander through old farm pastures.
- Trail length: 1.3 miles (Download Trail Map)
- Before you visit, check out our preserve guidelines. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
Parking is available at the Wittenbach Center, directly across from Lowell High School. Refer to the large trail map behind the Wittenbach Center for directions to the preserve’s trails.
A well-established system of trails leads hikers through diverse habitats on the preserve, including mature hardwood forests, young mixed woodlands, and old fields undergoing restoration. Tired hikers can cool their feet in Lee Creek, a coldwater tributary of the Grand River, then extend their hike by exploring trails on the Wittenbach Center property immediately to the west of the preserve.
Wege Foundation Natural Area 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, this is a great place to start.