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“Easy to moderate hike around the Preserve”

Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve & Nature Center
Ranked #5 of 19 things to do in Auburn
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Auburn, Al
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Easy to moderate hike around the Preserve”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

As Auburn residents, we like to visit the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve at least twice a week, and we follow a looping trail around the Preserve about 3 miles long. The trail is good for hiking all year. The trail involves some climbing up and down hills, especially around a small lake, and so I would rate it easy to moderate in difficulty. I am attaching a map of the trail route. Though some of the trails are marked by signage, there is no blazing.

The trail begins and ends in the main parking area. After winding through a path called Dead Timbers with plenty of fallen trees, it follows the fence line up a hill to an open grassy area cleared for power lines. There are bee hives to view in this area. Next it follows a small trail called Pine Tree Sneak to the broad Cemetery Trail, and then cuts right down Ridge Path. Under a dangling vine, it turns right to a small spring, and just before rejoining Ridge Path, it passes the remains of a whisky still. From there the trail leads down to the west side of the pond and climbs up Barn Trace to the site of an old homestead. Turning to the right, it passes a Butterfly Garden, frequented in season by many monarchs and other butterfly species. After crossing a small bridge, the trail leads to the North Parking Area, but the gate to this area is closed except during special events. This point is about halfway on the hike.

Following the path back south, we keep to the left on Northeast Pass until we come to an unnamed trail marked by fallen branches. Along this trail, just after a flat rock is an unusual upright rock we call the Battleship. The trail then leads to a camping area used by the Boy Scouts where there is a portapotty. From the campsite, we walk down to the east side of the pond, where we cross a small creek on stepping stones. Downhill from here is Hidden Falls, a nice little waterfall with double cascades. Beyond the falls, we walk up the hill in the grassy area cleared for power lines. The air here is usually fragrant with wildflowers, and sometimes you can find blackberries. At the top of the hill, the trail re-enters the forest, following downhill to a bridge, and then up to a forest of scattered pines where the undergrowth is sometimes burned away. The trail leads to a Canopy amphitheater, where there are restrooms with plumbing and a very welcome drinking fountain. Beyond this is a roofed shelter where programs and parties are held, and then a delightful play area for children, the Nature Playground. The short path back to the main parking area concludes the hike.

Visited May 2014
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Trussville, Alabama
Level 5 Contributor
94 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“A beautiful place for a hike”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

We enjoyed hiking here while camping at nearby Chewacla State Park. Lots of trails criss-cross this beautiful nature preserve so you can hike as long or as little as you like. There is a beautiful spot called Hidden Falls that would be a great spot for a picnic.

Visited April 2014
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Opelika, Alabama
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“An Underused Gem in Auburn”
Reviewed 4 February 2014

The Preserve has a top-notch wilderness playground, tons of trails, abundant reptilian and amphibian life, educational programming, and even pretty rest rooms. You should go there now.

Peace and quiet abound. Ms. Jen works her tail off to keep the place up. Ample parking. They even have story books in the tree house. My fave Sunday after Church trick is to set the Musclebabies to digging a big hole in the sandpit while Daddy indulges in a hard-earned siesta. Try it- it works, even for undermotivated non-superchildren.

Visited February 2014
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Auburn, Alabama, United States
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
“Repile Show”
Reviewed 5 December 2013

Mike Wines gave an interesting show on reptile. He was engaging and patient with the children and kept the curious fingers out of danger. The youngsters learned about interesting creatures and even had the chance to pet some of the tamer ones.

Visited August 2013
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fabulous family fun!”
Reviewed 3 November 2013

We enjoyed a beautiful fall morning exploring the trails. Felt like we were tucked away. It was a great couple hours for my husband and I with our three girls ages 3 1/2 and 5. They have a little nature themed playground and restrooms which made it very convenient for us with kids.

Visited November 2013
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