Located in the heart of Fishers, Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve (10410 Hague Road) is the perfect place to unplug. 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.
Ritchey Woods is home to several Fishers Parks events and programs, including the family favorite National S’mores Day, Keep Fishers Beautiful Spring Service Day, several summer camp programs, and the unique Nature First program.
The Nature First program is a one-of-a-kind partnership with Hamilton Southeastern Schools allowing every first grader in the district to visit, explore, and learn about the nature preserve and the environment through a combination of curriculum based activities and hands-on exploration. Children visit Ritchey Woods in the spring and fall to experience the changing of seasons while also learning about nature and environmental stewardship in the classroom.
Fishers Parks is proud to continue the mission of Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve by heightening awareness for the natural environment, maintaining habitat diversity, and instilling a sense of stewardship for all living things.
Visitors are welcome from dawn to dusk year-round to hike, unplug, and soak up some Vitamin N (for nature).