Understanding our environment

Forest preserve (Baldwin Woods area)

Breidenthal in early spring.

The Baldwin Woods area is approximately 15 miles (30 minutes) from KU. Although directions are provided here for researchers, classes and tour groups, public access is limited to guided tours. Please do not visit on your own, as the entire area is a highly sensitive research site. In no case should pets be taken to this area.

Driving directions: From the KU campus, proceed to Iowa Street (U.S. 59 Highway) and head south out of town. From the junction of K-10 and U.S. 59 Highway on the south edge of town, proceed about 6 miles on U.S. 59 to Douglas County Road 460 (also called N 650 Road). Turn left (east) on 460 and proceed 5 miles to Douglas County Road 1055 (also called E 1700 Rd). Turn right (south) onto 1055 and proceed about 1 1/4 miles (just beyond N 500 Rd on the left, which goes along the north edge of the Rice Woodland) to a small gravel parking area on the west side of the road at the foot of the hill.

Parking notes: At the parking area is a wooden sign for the Breidenthal Biological Reserve and a foot gate that affords limited access into the Breidenthal Tract and its walking trail. When parking, be sure to keep from blocking the private gravel driveway on the south edge of the parking spaces.


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