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Riverwood Nature Area

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Park Add​​ress: 1605 Riverwood Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Access          Ame​nities          Hist​ory​

Ho​​​​​ur​​s and Rules 

Open 6 a.m.-midnight with quiet hours beginning at 10 p.m. 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. Smoking is prohibited, and dogs must be on leash.​


Ri​​verwood Natur​​e Area is located on Riverwood Drive, west of Newport Road, just north of M-14. It comprises 4.82 acres adjacent in the Newport Ridge Condominiums. View the Ann Arbor Parks & Nature Areas Map​ for location context. ​There is one small trail in the park, with both entrances on Riverwood. The nature area acts as a green buffer between the residential area and the highway.

Ecologically, Riverwood is a remnant upland forest fragment with some big trees and spring wildflowers. Features of this natural area include a high mound in the center of the park and wetlands with a small stream. Plants of note include oaks, hickories, dogwood, buttonbush and turtlehead.​

Access and Parking

There is street parking on Riverwood Drive, immediately adjacent to the park and the trail entrances.​

The park is accessible on foot and by bike using Riverwood, which has a sidewalk. Nearby Newport Road has no bike lanes or sidewalks​. There are no bike racks at the park.

Public Transportation: The nearest bus stop​ is on Newport, about a 2 minute walk from the park. Visit The Ride for schedule and route details or check out the parks ride guide. ​​​​​​​

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



  • Walking trail


There are ongoing and limitless opportunities for volunteering and getting engaged with the Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Services Unit. Natural Area Preservation has volunteer opportunities that support their mission to protect and restore Ann Arbor's natural areas and to foster an environmental ethic within the community. If you are feeling the call to volunteer or give some time, reach out or explore the website above to see what’s upcoming or how to get involved.​​

Re​port ​a Problem - A2 Fix It

To report maintenance issues, or other problem during your park visit, please report through A2Fix It.  Parks are large spaces and A2 Fix It requests can be difficult 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. In addition, users can utilize the pin (website) or X (mobile app) feature to provide specific location information inside the park. Finally, please consider including a wide angle photo or include background landmarks, which helps staff find and fix the problem.

Gifts an​d Donations 

Information on donating to the parks and the G​​​​uide to Giving can be found here​. For special projects ideas in natural areas, Natural Area Preservation​ staff will guide you and provide project guidelines unique to natural areas.​​


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​.​​

Riverwood Nature Area was established as a park in 1998 when the City of Ann Arbor negotiated a development plan for Newport Ridge Subdivision.​

Read a Natural Area Preservation (NAP) Newsletter highlighting the area and its natural features:

Spring 2009 Park Focus: Riverwood Nature Area by Sara Jackson

Updated February 2023. Email [email protected] for incorrect/outdated information.