Access: open to the public
Acquisition: Purchased with a North American Wetland Conservation Act grant, 2010
Parking: gravel lot
Trails: 2.25 miles of moderate trails through forest with views of ponds and wetlands.
Spirit Springs Sanctuary is a HOP! preserve. Click here to find out more about our new hiking program for kids!
Download the free Avenza Map App to interact with our trail maps on your phone. You will be able to view your location, record GPS tracks, add placemarks, and more. Of course, our trail maps are also printable!
From Kalamazoo area: Travel south on US-131 to Marcellus Road (M-216). Turn right (west) onto Marcellus Road, drive 4.3 miles to the intersection of Bent Road (large green sign). Turn left (south) onto Bent Road and drive 3.1 miles to the intersection with Dutch Settlement Road. Turn right (west) onto Dutch Settlement Road; the preserve parking lot is 1.8 miles ahead on the north (right) side, just after the road surface changes color at the county line.
One of our most popular preserves, Spirit Springs Sanctuary has approximately 50 acres of wetlands that are part of the Rocky River’s largest headwater wetland complex. It contains a large stand of swamp forest as well as areas of sedge meadow and cattail marsh, and a large pond is popular with waterfowl. The uplands have areas of poor to fair oak woodland including a damp area with Virginia Bluebells which may or may not be original to the site.