Red-Tail Nature Preserve-Prairie Trail

Muncie, IN
Length: 0.50 mi.
Type: Loop

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1/2mile+ loop trail follows some paved trail and graveled trail around prairie. Side spurs to Cardinal Greenways and to pond. Late summer is an excellent time to visit the native grasses and wildflowers in full bloom, it is a butterfly oasis. Bring binoculars to enjoy bird-watching throughout the year.

Red-tail Nature Preserve was the first land acquisition project for the RLC founders in 1999. This 105 acre site is located between Prairie Creek Park and the Cardinal Greenway, serving as a link to two significant wildlife habitat areas. A paved trail connects the prairie to the Cardinal Greenway and the Prairie Creek multi-use trails are across the street.


Submitted by: Kim McKenzie

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Mixed
Elevation gain 40 ft.
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Lake, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

Lake nearby; prairie overlook/observation platform near parking lot; Osprey nest platform with bat boxes. Explore a restored tall-grass prairie. Tall grass and wildflowers blooming in summer are packed with insects and wildlife.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

At the southwest corner of Prairie Creek Reservoir.
If driving: graveled parking lot off of S CR 461E at E 650 S.
If biking, paved Cardinal Greenways spur trail with sign leads to nature preserve.
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