7324 Yohne Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46809
As you know, I like to explore new trails. I particularly like ones where I can take the kids and a dog (or two) and
get everyone out of the house just stroll along in the fresh air. Fox Island County Park is one such place. See excerpt from the Allen County Parks Department webpage below:
Fox Island is a 605 acre park located in southwest Allen County. Within this park, 270 acres are dedicated as State Nature Preserve, which protects areas having unique plants, animals or geographic features. Hundreds of species of animals and plants live at Fox Island because of the relatively natural condition of most of the area, with its habitats of marsh, seasonal ponds, wooded sand dunes, wetland forest, old fields and restored prairie. The park contains the largest contiguous forest in the county and a glacial sand dune
When I moved to Indiana, just north of Fort Wayne, many people suggested I visit Fox Island for running. After reviewing the maps and website, I was thinking it would be a better place for a family excursion verses a running adventure for myself. There are 7 miles of short trails winding thru the forest but they are flat and perfect for a family hike.
The trails never venture too far from a road or intersection. There are markers throughout the park identifying trails, trees, plants, flowers and even a bit of history. Some trails are dirt, others grass.
Wildlife is buzzing on and off the trail. Perfect destination for the family and most trails are groomed well enough for a 3 wheeled jogging type stroller.
And there are bridges. And a beach on Bowman Lake for playing and swimming (stock photo). Plus fishing areas.
Fox Island has a beautiful Nature Center with a classroom, which is available for rental. We went on a Friday night and if I remember correctly, there was a scrapbooking event in the Nature Center. I neglected to get a photo of this area because Michael was super excited and starting running toward the docks behind the Nature Center which have a great view of the pond, wildlife and the surrounding trails. Even if you have a member in your group who isn’t able to walk the trails, you can always drive them to the Nature Center and have a look around in that area without doing much walking. Very nice. Scenic. Handicap accessible. And peaceful
unless you have a 5 year old screaming and yelling with excitement.
There is an entry fee for Fox Island. When we were there, nobody was at the gatehouse taking admission but we stopped and dropped our $2 per person fee into the drop box. I did notice that most were just driving in without paying and while it’s easy to do that, I always try to support these types of forest preserves because I know that funding is hard to come by and I enjoy being able to explore new areas. Without funds, places like Fox Island will close and be lost to the public. If you drove in and forgot to leave your entry fee, you can join or make a donation to the Fox Island Alliance.
See you on the trail!
Amanda – TooTallFritz