This 10-acre, second-growth mesic deciduous forest is situated on the Valparaiso Moraine, just inside the Southern Lake Michigan Watershed. The property provides important habitat for wildlife, and it features black walnuts, a variety of oak trees, and a good display of spring ephemeral wildflowers.
Photos by Ron Trigg
From US 30 in Porter County, west of Valparaiso, take county road 600 W south for 2 miles to county road 50 N. Turn right onto county road 50 N and drive about 1/2 mile. Park on the right side of the road, next to the access lane marked by SHLT signs. Cross the ditch and walk north along the access lane to the preserve.
Walnut Woods is a shady enclave in a rapidly developing area. Its wooded acres provide wildlife habitat and protect a good variety of spring wildflowers.