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Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve


  1. Bike Racks
  2. Electricity
  3. Greenways
  4. Nature Trails
  5. Parking
  6. Picnic Shelters
  7. Picnic Tables
  8. Restrooms

Did you know? 

Ritchey Woods is one of only two state designated nature preserves in Hamilton County. Therefore, it is governed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and there are rules and regulations that protect it. Nature Preserves are “to be preserved as pristine natural areas for all the people of Indiana.” Help us to ensure the continued protection of this amazing resource that we, as Fishers residents, can proudly call “ours.” You can learn more about the many nature preserves we have in Indiana by clicking on their logo.

dnr division of nature preservesThese woods were willed by Dr. James O. Ritchey to The Nature Conservancy to assure their protection. The Nature Conservancy has given the land to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for its care and use, and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has given the land to Fishers.

So what does all of that mean to visitors?
Visitors must remain on the trail at all times. This includes our four legged companions who must also be on a leash. Learn more about etiquette, rules and safety guidelines for your dog’s visit. Staying on the trail reduces erosion, damage to fragile plants and reduces disturbance to ground nesting birds. Bicycles are prohibited within the park. Disturbing or removing any plant, animal, or natural item is prohibited. Picking flowers, harvesting mushrooms, or collecting fallen leaves is not allowed. Remember leaving something behind can be more detrimental than taking something with you. Visitors may not feed the wildlife, release an animal, or leave dog waste behind.

So what can visitors do?
Visitors are always welcome dawn to dusk to hike, bird watch, run, or just spend some quiet time in nature. Admission to the property is free.