Draper-Houston Meadows Preserve
Just west of the city of Milan, the Draper-Houston Meadows Preserve protects over one-half mile of Saline River shoreline. At the preserve, you will encounter high-quality floodplain forest habitat with oak, walnut, butternut, and sycamore trees. Of particular interest is a significant stand of pawpaw, a small, understory tree with a banana-like fruit, which is uncommon in Washtenaw County.
In the southern portion of the property, visitors will find a lovely mature woodlot and two creeks meandering through hedgerows on their way to the Saline River. The woods and hedgerows offer an attractive spring wildflower display.
A small trail loop is currently in place north of the river, and access to the rest of the site is planned.
Directions: From US-23: Exit #27 (Carpenter Road), southbound. Turn right on County Street, continue onto Main Street. Main Street will turn into Mooreville Road. Entrance is approximately 0.25 miles on the south side of Mooreville Road.