CONNECT WITH NATURE
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 3 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.
All users must possess a YMCA membership, guest pass, or reside in Apple Hill Farms.
- Trails open dawn to dusk
- Hike on marked trails only
- Please help keep our trails clean and carry-in, carry-out
- No removal or destruction of plant or animal life
- Swimming/Ice Skating is prohibited in or on the pond areas
- Cross-country skiing
- Motorized Vehicles