Braun Nature Area


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Braun Nature Area is an 10.42 acre, undeveloped natural area just east of Huron Parkway Nature Area​. View the Ann Arbor Parks & Nature Areas Map​ for location context. Braun has no amenities. Malletts Creek runs through the park, shortly from where it flows into the Huron River. Wetland plants thrive along the creek which is a major tributary to the river. Many plants and wildlife​ call this sub-watershed home. As an urban stream, Mallets Creek faces many challenges, but has seen restoration work in recent years.​

Braun Nature Area is one of a number of city park properties with no trails or amenities. These natural areas represent a unique recreation and conservation feature of the city’s park system. In these relatively few spaces across the city, off-trail exploration is encouraged– a rare opportunity to meander through a wild space in our urban context. Visitors are also invited to reflect on the conservation value and biodiversity of these spaces, where the Parks & Recreation’s Natural Area Preservation staff and volunteers work to steward, restore and inventory the natural communities throughout the city’s parks.​

Park Notices

Unless otherwise posted per City Council resolution, when a park is closed, no person shall remain in or enter it other than to quietly sit or walk.​

Refer to Chapter 39 of the City of Ann Arbor Code of Ordinances for park regulations and rules.

Park Hours

6 a.m. – Midnight


Access and Parking

Braun has no trails, but it may be accessed from Chalmers Drive​, which is a narrow dirt road. Chalmers connects to Huron River Drive to the north, which has no sidewalks or bike lanes, and Washtenaw Avenue to the south which has sidewalks but no bike lanes.

Public Transportation

The nearest bus stop​ is on Washtenaw at C​halmers, about a 5-10 minute walk from the park. ​​Visit TheRide for schedule and route details or check out the parks ride guide.​

Park History


Ann Arbor's city parks sit on the ancestral and traditional homelands​ of several indigenous Native peoples. Read a land acknowledgement from the city and learn more a​bout the early history of the land here.​​

Braun Nature Area was donated to the City of Ann Arbor from Ann Arbor Township in 2012.


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