This southern floodplain forest provides food and shelter for many animals while benefiting humans by providing areas for water overflow to prevent flooding. The sanctuary protects property on both sides of the Saline River for about 750 feet.

Joan Rodman loved this land and wanted others to enjoy it as much as she did.

— Michigan Nature Association

  • Scenery – 4
  • Trail Condition – 3
  • Quiet/Solitude – 2
  • Difficulty – 1
  • Overall – 3


Joan Rodman Plant Preserve
Joan Rodman Plant Preserve

The Walk

The preserve sits just off of what appears to be a long driveway. At first, we were not sure if we found the right place. There are signs to show you were the entrance is and where to park.

The trail starts off through the woods as a simple dirt road. As you travel deeper into the preserve, it fades out and you are left on smaller trails and paths leading down to the river.

The forest floor is covered with a thick and diverse undergrowth. The rich soil along the floodplain provides plenty of nutrients to keep a large array of native plants growing and healthy. Our trip was in midsummer, so we missed out on the spring flowers that must cover this whole area.

We continued walking back to the river and enjoyed the coolness of the forest. Even though it was 90+ degrees out in the sunshine, it was cool and relaxing near the river’s edge.

I can see why Joan loved this place and would recommend it for a quick recuperative nature walk any day.

No bikes or powered vehicles are allowed in the preserve.

Where is this?


Address4747 Saline Waterworks Road, Saline, MI
Size18 Acres
Trail Length1 Mile
HighlightsSouthern floodplain forest
AccessNo real parking lot, just a pull off.
Best time to visitAnytime

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