Dutro-Ernst Woods

Muncie, IN
Length: 1.00 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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The 1 mile-long trail at Dutro-Ernst Woods meanders through prairie and woods. The trail is wide, ADA-accessible, and topped with crushed limestone, so it is not muddy, even after a rain. You can stroll past bluebird nest boxes, look for bat houses in the woods, or follow tracks and scat that the local coyotes leave overnight near the trail.

Dutro-Ernst Woods is a 33 acre urban nature preserve on the site of the former Ernst Nursery. It is dedicated to Ruth Dutro, a local Biology teacher, who inspired countless students. With restoration, native plants and wildlife populations are increasing and beginning to thrive. Stop by often to observe seasonal transitions and changes in the land.


Submitted by: Kim McKenzie

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 10 ft.
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Natural Play Area and Wildlife Viewing

Children can use their imagination and explore at the nature play area right next to the parking lot.
Look for signs of wildlife throughout the property, including Red-tail hawks, Eastern bluebirds, coyotes, rabbits, and mice.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Parking lot/trailhead on S. Perdieu Rd., just off of IN32/W. Kilgore Av.

Trail Contributor

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Hike it Baby Trail Guide is managed by the Family Trail Guide team. If a trail has been “abandoned” by the initial owner, it gets adopted by the team. Also, if there are no trails in the area, the Family Trail Guide team researches trails that are family friendly in the area to insure that hikes cover all areas where Hike it Baby hikes.