Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve
- Bike Racks
- Nature Trails
- Picnic Shelters
- Picnic Tables
About the Park
Located in the heart of Fishers, Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve (10410 Hague Road) is the perfect place to unplug this summer. The park, one of only two state designated nature preserves in Hamilton County, is approximately 127 acres, and boasts nine beautiful nature trails totaling over 2.25 miles that are perfect for running, walking, or enjoying time in nature.
While exploring the nature trails, visitors can enjoy one of the best spots in the city for bird watching and wildlife sightings, or meander down the Creek Ridge trail for a glimpse of Cheeney Creek located at the north end of the property. A shelter for picnics, several picnic tables, and public restrooms are also available on the property.Visitors are welcome from dawn to dusk year-round to hike, unplug, and soak up some Vitamin N (for nature).
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 visiting the Indiana Department of Natural Resources website.
These 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.
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 (PDF). 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.