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Hansen Nature Area

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​Park address: 1200 S. Maple Road, Ann Arbor MI 48103 

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Ho​​​​​urs and ​​Rules

Open 6 a.m. - midnight with quiet hours starting at 10 p.m. Unless otherwise posted, 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. Smoking is prohibited and dogs must be on leash.   


​Hansen Nature Area is on the west side of the city off South Maple Road​. This park has the highest elevation (990 feet above sea level) of any city p​ark. View the Ann Arbor Parks & Natural Areas map​ for location context. You will find a 1/2 mile trail through the woods, making Hansen Nature Area a beautiful spot for a walk. This 9-acre neighborhood park has a beautiful woodland accessible from the Grace Bible Church parking lot. There is also an open field with a small play structure adjacent to Maple Road.

The woodland is very open, and in spring  the forest floor is blanketed with trout lilies. The small pond in the western section of the park is home to painted turtles, spring peepers and chorus frogs. The circular unpaved pathway directs hikers through an oak hickory forest scattered with wildflowers like Jack-in-the-pulpit.

​Access and Parking

Parking is usually available in the parking lot of Grace Bible Church which is next to the property. For trail access, look for the trail head to the west of the parking lot. The playground is to the east and visible from Maple Road.       

Public transportation

There are several bus stops within a five minute walk. Check out The ​Ride Guide​​​ for more details.​ ​

​​Using a phone? - Click for a GPS Tracker and Wayfinding Map​​​

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  • ​​Nature trail​, see NAP trail map
    • Total trail length: ½ mile loop 
    • Topography: Flat
    • Trail type: Natural footpaths
  • ​Bike ​​​rack
  • Bench
  • Playground



There are many opportunities for volunteering and getting engaged with the Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Services Unit. GIVE 365 and the seasonal Adopt-a-Park Program offer volunteer opportunities with many​​​ levels​ of commitment. Natural Area Preservation has volunteer opportunities to help protect and restore Ann Arbor’s natural areas and to foster an environmental ethic within the community.​

Report a Problem - A2 Fix It

To report any maintenance issues or other problem during your park visit, please report through A2Fix It. Keep in mind that parks are large spaces and A2 Fix It requests can be hard​​ to find without detailed information. When reporting an issue in a park please include location details. There is a details and description section near the end of the request process to help you provide this. Users can also​ utilize the pin (website) or X (mobile app) feature to provide specific location information inside the park. Please consider including a wide angle photo, which helps staff find and fix the problem. ​​​​​​​​

Gifts and Donations 

Information on donating to the parks and the Guide to Giving can be found here. If you have a park improvement idea, a great place to start is through Adopt-a-Park and the​​​ proposing a special park project guide. For information on donating a tree through Adopt-a-Park, the tree donation guide can help you get started. ​


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

Aerial photos from 1940 show this area as one of the few pockets of woodland left untouched in this​ part of the city. Surrounding the area in the 1940s were orchards and farmland which gave way to housing developments in the 1960s. In March of 1964, H.E. Hansen sold the 10.3 acre parcel to the City with the wishes that it be preserved as a public park area. Mr. Hansen resided in a farm next to the undeve​loped land. In these 1920s-1940 era photos you can see the park land in the background. In the fall of 1964, the property was ​named Hansen Park in honor of Mr. H.E. Hansen. A questionnaire was sent to neighbors to receive input on what they wanted in the park. Neighbors requested a walking trail and some wanted a playground for their children. During a public meeting, people voted for the park. ​Parks and Recreation began plans for a small “tot play area, with a split rail fence since it is so close to Maple Road.” The playground is still in use and guarded by the split rail fence.

Ecological restoration efforts started in 1997 under NAP’s leadership. Work in Hansen began with building the trail and removing invasive species. In 2003, NAP conducted a prescribed burn throughout the entire park. Prescribed burns are used to remove invasives and help natives. ​Spreading native seeds after the burn also helped to strengthen the native plant population. After the burn was conducted, a neighbor wrote that “Hansen is carpeted with yellow trout-lily – really beautiful. Also some large patches of toothwort, and smaller spots of wild geranium and May-apple with a few happy Jack-in-the-pulpits and a couple trillium. Do you suppose that burn had anything to do with it?” The controlled burn likely did encourage the native wildflowers to flourish. Visit Natural Area Preservation for more details on the efforts to protect and restore Ann Arbor’s natural areas. Or click on the links below for more reading on Hansen.


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