Connect with nature
- Bird Watching
- Walking & Hiking
The Ferrone Woods Preserve trailhead can be found at the designated parking area on Black Lake Road.
Following the red trail markers, the path wanders slowly upward through mixed forest habitat dominated by beech, oak, maple, hemlock, and hickory trees.
The trail’s end introduces walkers to a high-ground section of exposed rocky flatlands with large sections of open grassland, shrubs, and mosses.
This trail is part of an expanding trail system that is slated to traverse a greater portion of the upland habitat area of the preserve and offer the option of a loop trail with views of Black Lake. The preserve trail map is being developed and will be available here once it is finished. We look forward to seeing you on the trails!
Ferrone Woods Preserve was opened to the public in January 2023 after Pat and Joe Ferrone donated their land to Indian River Lakes Conservancy.
Explore IRLC Preserves
With five public preserves across three counties, adventure awaits you.
Indian River Lakes Conservancy (IRLC) carefully stewards the land and water to preserve the natural character of the region, with a focus on protecting clean water, fish and wildlife, and the scenic vistas along the shores of the lakes and the Indian River. Encounter the beauty of Indian River Lakes at a preserve near you!
Other Public Access Areas
While you’re in the Indian River Lakes Region, be sure to visit some of the other public access areas nearby!
These trails and open spaces are not owned or managed by the Indian River Lakes Conservancy, but each offers unique opportunities to connect with nature and enjoy the outdoors in this beautiful region.