Benton Dam Trail
ElevationAscent: 15' 4 m
Descent: -14' -4 m
High: 831' 253 m
Low: 821' 250 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 1% (1°)
“Trails lead along a historic canal through woods, prairies, and wetlands.”— Melospiza Melodia
Family Friendly Even terrain, close access to restrooms near the parking lot, and scenic views with unique habitat and wildlife throughout make this a fun outing for a family looking for an easy adventure.
Find more info, including all of River Preserve Park's access sites and amenities at: elkhartcountyparks.org/dest…
SUMMER: Keep an eye out at the canals for river otter and sunbathing turtles (including the elusive Spiny Softshell & Blanding's). Listen for the calls of Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Baltimore Orioles & Prothonitary Warblers–all of them nest here.
FALL: Expect to see fiery hues of foliage (a great photo op), and some of the more secretive insects (praying mantis, walking stick bugs) and singing insects (katydids, meadow & tree crickets)
WINTER: Now is the time for icefishing and hearing owls (Barred or Gr. Horned)
SPRING: Prepare to see a woodland carpeted in spring wildflowers, including Bloodroot, Tigerlily & Trillium.
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Land Manager: Elkhart County Parks