Spirit Springs Sanctuary

Acquired: 2010 through a bargain sale from Vernon and Alice Miller

Location: Marcellus Township, Cass County

Size: 123.4 acres

Accessibility: Open to the public with parking and signage

Trails: Easy.  See map below or click here for a pdf.


 [Photo of Spirit Springs Sanctuary by Peter Ter Louw.]

Directions to Spirit Springs Sanctuary from Kalamazoo:

From Stadium Drive at U.S.-131 in Kalamazoo:

  • U.S. 131 Highway South approximately 17 miles to Marcellus Highway (MI-216)

  • Right (West) onto Marcellus Highway, drive 4.3 miles to the intersection of Bent Road

  • Left (South) onto Bent Road and drive 3.1 miles to intersection of Dutch Settlement Road

  • Right (West) onto Dutch settlement Road, the property is 1.8 miles ahead on the right hand side.


Directions to Spirit Springs Sanctuary from White Pigeon:

  • Take U.S. 131 North 12.35 miles north to Hoffman Road (.8 mile north of Three Rivers)

  • Turn left (West) onto Hoffman Road and proceed approximately 2 miles.

  • Turn right (North) to stay on Hoffman Road and proceed approximately 1 mile.

  • Turn left (West) to stay on Hoffman and proceed approximately 2.75 miles to Day Road.

  • Turn right (North) onto Day Road and proceed approximately 1 mile to Dutch Settlement Road.

  • Turn left (West) onto Dutch Settlement Road and proceed just over a mile to the Spirit Springs Sanctuary (entrance on the right hand side).


Directions to Spirit Springs Sanctuary from South Bend:

Take 80/90 toll road east from South Bend and proceed as follows:

  • Merge onto I-80E/I-90E toward Ohio (Portions Toll).  Proceed 19.4 miles to Exit 96. • Take Exit 96 toward Elkhart East/County Road 17.

  • Turn right onto County Road 17 and proceed north 3.4 miles until the intersection of U.S. 12.

  • Turn left onto M-40 and proceed 12.6 miles.

  • Turn right onto Dutch Settlement Road and proceed 2.5 miles to Spirit Springs Sanctuary on the left hand side.