Fernwood Botanic Garden

Fernwood Botanical Gardens

Fernwood Botanic Garden of Berrien County, Michigan

Hiking the Fernwood Botanic Garden.

Trail Distance:

4 miles long containing many loops.


From US-31 Bypass, take Walton Road Exit west to Range Line Road. Turn right (north) and travel 2 miles to Fernwood entrance on the left (west) side of the road.

Trail Description:

Fernwood is dominated by moist soil hardwood forest leading down to the banks of the St. Joseph River. Four miles of hiking trails pass by numerous springs and seeps. This site also features botanical gardens and a prairie reconstruction.

Wildlife Viewing:

High probability of viewing songbirds and small mammals at the nature center feeding station year-round. Bluebirds are plentiful in open areas during summer. The harmless and beneficial black rat snake (species of special concern in Michigan) is commonly seen throughout the property. Spring wildlflowers are outstanding from April through May, while the tallgrass prairie comes into full bloom by the end of August.

Visit the nature center to see the displays on local wildlife and to enjoy the bird feeding station.

Educational programs are offered year-round for school groups and the general public.

Call ahead for details.

Facilities and Opportunities:

  • Restrooms – 3 public, 2 are wheelchair accessible
  • Trails – Four miles, easy to moderate. Ecology Trail has interpretive displays
  • Visitor center – Daylight Savings Time: Tuesday-Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-6
  • Standard Time: Tuesday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-5
    Fernwood is always closed Mondays
  • Restaurant – 12 noon to 3 p.m. daily
  • Drinking water – indoor fountains only
  • Entry fee
    Adults 20-64 $5
    Seniors 65+ $4
    Students 13-19 $3
    Children 6-12 $2
    Children 5 and under Free
  • Barrier free – Buildings and paved garden trail are wheelchair accessible.

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Permission and information sources are from Contributers to this Web Site, the Department of Natural Resources, Michigan.gov, National Park Service, and the USDA Forest Service.


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