Leslie Woods Nature Area


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Leslie Woods Nature Area is a 23-acre natural area located south of Leslie Park Golf Course and north of Upland Drive. View the Ann Arbor Parks and Nature Areas map for location context. A thousand meter trail loop winds through the park. Composed of mixed hardwoods and shrubland it is one of Ann Arbor’s more mature woodlands. This oak hickory forest has some of the largest trees found within the Ann Arbor park system. A seasonal creek winds through the park. This nature area is a historically intact woodland that remains a well-functioning ecosystem. Three species of frogs observed in the park include American toad, gray tree frog and green frog. Rare and interesting plant species growing in the park include New Jersey tea, culver's root, Kentucky coffee tree, maiden hair fern, pin oak and sedge.​

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



Unpaved Trail



Access and Parking

​Limited street parking is available on Upland Drive, about a quarter mile south from the park entrance. Refer to posted signage regarding parking rules and restrictions.​

The park can be reached on foot and bicycle, but there are no paved paths leading to the park entrance. There are no bike racks at the park. There are bike lanes and sidewalks along nearby Plymouth Road.


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Public Transportation

The nearest bus stop is less than 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.​​

​The land was purchased in the 1960s by the City of Ann Arbor as a potential traffic loop. The trail loop was created in 2003 by Natural Area Preservation (NAP) staff and volunteers.

Learn more about the ecosystem and restoration efforts from from this NAP newsletter article:

2004 Park Focus: Leslie Woods Nature Area by Jason Tallant


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