Flynn Woods Preserve
Flynn Woods is a 34-acre woodland located on East Road across the street from Robinson Woods. This property features a mix of woods and wetlands, and creates a permanent buffer to Robinson Woods. Also a part of the nature preserve is the John Markley Drain, which flows into Robinson Woods and eventually empties into Lake Michigan.
The property was acquired in 2014 with 50 percent of the funding coming from a combination of private contributions and a grant from The Pokagon Fund, and the remaining 50 percent from a single donor, Susan Flynn. The preserve is dedicated to the memory of her late husband, Kevin Flynn, who was a cycling enthusiast and enjoyed biking in the area.
Recreational improvements to allow public access and create a natural rest area catering to road cyclists are in the works. Plans include the construction of a covered pavilion with potable water and portable toilets, a bicycle repair station, a parking lot, and a network of trails throughout the nature preserve. The most recent concept plan can be viewed in the photo gallery below.
In fall of 2016, we were able to complete one loop trail through the woodland, with the help of River Valley Elementary School third graders participating in our Mighty Acorns program. You can see them at work in the photo at right.
Flynn Woods features a loop trail through the woodland. It is located on East Road just west of I-94. There is a parking lot across East Road at Robinson Woods. No bicycles or motorized vehicles. No hunting. Leashed dogs are welcome. Please stay on marked trails.
This preserve was acquired in part with funding from The Pokagon Fund.