Riverwood Nature Area



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Ri​​verwood Natur​​e Area is located on Riverwood Drive, west of Newport Road, just north of M-14 in northwest Ann Arbor. It is a 4.82 acre natural area within 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 fore​st 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.​

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



Nature Trail

Access and Parking

There is street parking on Riverwood Drive​, right next 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 Road, about a two minute walk from the park. Visi​t TheRide for schedule 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.​​

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


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