Features

The Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve is a 120 acre track, comprising seven natural habitats, including special points of interest such as the Longleaf Pine Demonstration Forest, Wildflower Trail, Boulder Ridge, Butterfly and Vegetable Gardens, Hidden Falls and the old Homestead.  A conveniently located nature playground invites children to explore a play space offering a rich, naturalistic experience complete with mounds, ditches, logs, tunnels, fallen trees, boulders and some creative structures including a beaver lodge, tree house and eagles nest.

The Frank Allen Turner Amphitheater is a wheel-chair accessible 150-seat multi-level meeting area with drinking fountain and fire pit.  The open pavilion offers a place to rest, bird watch and, often during the weekends, live exhibits of local wildlife such as turtles, frogs and native snakes are available for viewing.   Interpretive kiosks are located throughout the Preserve and feature points of interest and educational information.  Thirty hiking trails span over five miles through various habitats which offer terrain that will interest both novice and experienced hikers.

Link to the Preserve’s online interactive trail map or find a trail and species guide located at the front entrance and pavilion for self-guided tours. Restrooms are found at the pavilion and amphitheater.

The Forest Ecology Preserve has much to offer for all ages, including ongoing environmental education programs and workshops. Visit the Preserve’s Upcoming Events calendar for complete information about scheduled activities. Read visitor reviews and suggestions for our area at tripadvisor.com.

Contact the Forest Ecology Preserve at (334) 844-8091 or e-mail (preserve@auburn.edu).