Discover Something New in Every Season

There's nothing quite like the sound of an orchestra of bees in a sea of wild bergamot, but this is only the beginning of what you can discover on the property. Three Waters Reserve, along with neighboring Avon Bottoms and adjacent conservation lands represent one of the largest floodplain complexes in the region for biodiversity. Rare plant and wildlife sightings are not uncommon, and visitors will share the trails with wildlife like sandhill cranes, red fox, screetch owls, flying squirrels, red-headed woodpecker and bobcat. To learn more about guided night hikes, nature walks and foraging forays, visit our public events calendar.

Walk the Trails

Our public trails wind through 57-acres of restored native lanscapes including oak savanna, various wetland habitats and wildflower prairie. Don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for our resident red fox!

Trail Map


Avon Bottoms, nearly 7,000 acres of public and private conservation lands just downstream, is recognized as an important bird area for both forest and grassland birds. Don't forget to share your bird and other wildlife sightings with us on social media.


Three Waters Reserve lies in a biologically rich prairie-forest border region. Dolomite bedrock capped by older glacial deposits and younger sand and gravel outwash create an important reservoir of biological diversity. We welcome botanists and native plant enthusiasts to explore our trails. Pictured left: The rare purple-fringed orchid.


We welcome nature lovers, group outings and workshop attendees to capture the serene landscapes, wildlife, plants and plentiful polinators at the Reserve. If you arrive at sunrise or golden hour – trust us – you won't be dissapointed! For commercial photography, be sure to contact us for a permit.

Cross-country Ski & Snowshoe

Our trails are open in the winter to snowshoers, sledders and skiiers of all ages. Please contact us to inquire about cross country skiing, as trails require prior notice for grooming.