Hickory Nature Area



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Hickory Nature Area is a small 2-acre natural area on the north side of Ann Arbor. It is bordered by M-14 to the west and by Dillon Drive to the east. View the Ann Arbor Parks & Nature Areas Map​ for location context.

Hickory 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 and recreation’s Natural Area Preservation staff and volunteers work to steward, restore and inventory the natural communities throughout the city’s parks.

The park entrance is close to private property​​ be sure to refer to the map to stay within park boundaries. The habitat here is dry-mesic forest, which is dominated by oaks and hickories. A small grove of hickory trees on the west side of the park gives this area its name. Other plant species that can be found in the park include trillium, prickly gooseberry, ironwood, and hackberry. The entrance to the park is off of Dillon Drive, but a trail system has not yet been developed.​

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

The park has one access point ​​off of Dillon Drive. Street parking is allowed on the road.

The park is accessible by foot and bicycle using the neighborhood streets, which have sidewalks. There no no bike racks at the park. Pontiac Trail, the closest major road, has bike lanes and sidewalks.


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Public Transportation

There is a bus stop on Pontiac Trail​ about a 5 minute walk from the park. Visit TheRide​ for closest stops and route details or check out the parks ride guide​​.​​​​​​


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.​​

As far back as the 1940s and 1950s, this area was cleared and used for farming. Beginning in about the 1960s, portions of the farm fields began to be abandoned and the current forest started to take root. Many large landmark trees, such as white oaks, shagbark hickories and sugar maples, which had been part of the fencerow around the farm fields, are still alive and well today.

Hickory Nature Area was acquired by the City of Ann Arbor in March of 2019.​ The land was dedicated to the city by the developer of the surrounding housing development. City Council approved naming the area "Hickory Nature Area," after the hickory trees found within the area, in September 2019. Hickory is the first acquisition in what may become a larger network of protected natural areas in this part of the city.


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