Stewart Woods ​​


Stewart Woods

Dr. R.B. Stewart provided use of his 22 acre property in 1951 for “giving training and practice to students and other”. FNR utilized this property heavily for instruction since it was one of the last remaining woods, along with McCormick Woods, next to campus. The property was acquired by Purdue around 1965 and management directed by FNR. Seven departments utilize the property for outdoor class labs currently. The hiking trail is used daily by local recreationist.

Wanting to walk the trails? Take the Stewart Woods tree trail tour with you for an interactive experience.

Crew equipped for removing non-native invasive plants (small spindle tree included)
Property Information
  • Acquired 1971
  • Total acres 31 acres
  • 1.45 miles of trail
  • Forest inventories dating back to 1941.
  • Property cabin foundation can still be found (razed 1971)
  • Small harvest in 1966 implemented under FNR direction

Trail Improvements: In 2017, Purdue grounds provided funds and manpower to help FNR managers to install 8 new bridges over creeks and ravines. Sections of trails that ran in or along creek were diverted to higher ground to protect the water course from further erosion.

Why all the dead trees? Emerald ash borers, a non-native beetle, are killing all the ash trees. Dead or dying trees posing a hazard to the trail system are being dropped and left for natural decay. Other tree species will eventually take their place.

30’ span bridge covering a wide moist drainage.
Visitor Rules
  • No bikes, horses, or motorized vehicles on trails
  • Carry out trash
  • No painting or defacing of trees

Recent Research

Purdue Grounds and FNR working together to install bridges
Property Manager

Brian Beheler
Phone: 765-496-5015
Fax: 765-583-3512 



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