Directions: take 245th St. NE west from Sugar Bottom Road, about 2 mi. from Newport Rd. Public parking is available on county land at the end of 245th street.
Parking is not allowed along Starry Night Lane nor in the turn-around. Please refer to the public parking map to view parking options: Public parking map.
Big Grove Preserve, with the addition of the newly acquired Big Grove Addition, is an eighty-acre woodland adjacent to the Coralville Reservoir off Sugar Bottom Road, which makes up part of the original “Big Grove” noted by the first settlers to describe Johnson County’s landscape. The property has a network of hiking trails.
The Big Grove was acquired in 2004 from Dick Schwab and Will Weibel, developers of the adjacent Natural Woodlands residential area. The Big Grove Addition was acquired in conjunction with our Protect. Conserve. Grow. the Campaign to Save the Grove capital campaign held 2016-17. In addition to its ownership of the Big Grove and Big Grove Addition, Bur Oak Land Trust holds a conservation easement on eight and a half acres of each ten-acre lot in the Natural Woodlands development. While these easements are not open to public access, they have the effect of increasing the area of protected land and will contribute to the preservation of the area’s ecosystem.
Listen to the sounds of Big Grove (August 2016 at 8:30am):
**Birds identified as Blue Jays and Goldfinches with maybe some Cardinals chipping – by Mark Madsen.
Read Bur Oak Land Trust’s property usage info here: Property Usage Info