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Bruce B. Purdy Nature Preserve

The Bruce B. Purdy Nature Preserve was created in 2005 through a donation of 104 acres of land to the YMCA of the Fox Cities from the late Bruce and Barbara Purdy. This unique parcel of land features wooded hills and ravines, open fields, restored prairie, ponds and wetlands, and pine plantations – all accessed through a network of approximately 2.5 miles of trails. Located on Appleton’s quickly growing north-side, the land within its boundaries is home to a diverse mix of local plant and animal life that is sure to interest all visitors to the preserve.

We ask all visitors to check in at the Apple Creek YMCA, located at 2851 E. Apple Creek Rd., Appleton, WI 54913. Please enjoy the preserve responsibly while respecting plant life, wildlife and other preserve users. Preserve rules, maps and approximate trail lengths are available below, on the trail entrance kiosks or inside the Apple Creek YMCA.

Bruce B. Purdy Nature Preserve Trail Map PDF File

Preserve Rules

  • Trails open dawn to dusk
  • Hike on marked trails only
  • Carry-in, Carry-out
  • Respect property boundaries
  • All users must possess a YMCA membership, guest pass, or reside in Apple Hill Farms
  • The following are prohibited:
    • Pets
    • Bicycles
    • Motorized vehicles
    • Cross-country skiing
    • Smoking
    • Drugs/Alcohol
    • Camping
    • Removal or destruction of plant or animal life
    • Pond Areas - No swimming/ice skating
Please enjoy the preserve responsibly while respecting wildlife and other preserve users. All questions regarding this preserve may be directed to the Apple Creek YMCA at 733-9622.

Purdy Preserve- Approximate Trail Lengths

  • Olson Trail 0.5 miles (1 way)
  • Nelson Pond Loop 0.4 miles (loop + access trail)
  • Muir Woodland Trail 0.5 miles (loop + access trail)
  • Archibald Trail 0.1 miles (1 way)
  • Lapham Pass 0.25 miles (1 way)
  • Leopold Prairie Loop 0.75 miles (loop + access trail)
All hiking trails in the Purdy Preserve contain steep terrain and uneven surfaces that will be difficult for some hikers. Please hike with caution. Hikers are asked to consider carrying a cell phone.

Staff Information

Jill Rasmussen, Program Center Director 920.733.9622 Ext. 302
Shane Vondracek, Environmental Director 920.733.9622 Ext. 305
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