For lovers of the great outdoors, The English Inn Restaurant & Pub has some lovely grounds to explore. Our historic, Eaton Rapids estate includes sixteen acres of manicured gardens and walking trails along the Grand River. Add this to our award-winning restaurant, English pub, and accommodations in our historic Tudor revival Inn, and you have the makings of an almost storybook getaway.
For those looking to commune even more closely with mother nature, however, we recommend Woldumar Nature Center.
Woldumar Nature Center is one of the Lansing area’s special gems.
Woldumar Nature Association was formed in the 1960’s to develop a conservation education program for young people. When Gladys Olds Anderson, daughter of automotive pioneer Ransom Eli Olds, donated land to the group, the center was born.
The grounds preserve some 178 acres along the Grand River. The acreage includes wetlands, prairie, pine forests, maple-beech forests, old apple orchards, and 1.25 miles of shoreline. The center maintains over 5 miles of trails, open 365 days each year between dawn and dusk. During warmer months the trails are open for hiking. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted come winter
With all the varying habitats, Woldumar contains one of the most diverse ecosystems in the region. White-tailed deer, fox, coyote, beaver, muskrat, nearly 150 kinds of birds, and more live here at least part of the year, if not full time. Whether you’re hiking, skiing, or just crossing the lot to the gift shop, keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife!
The historic Moon Log Cabin provides another reason to visit Woldumar. The cabin is one of the oldest residences in Eaton County, dating back to 1860. History buffs should be sure to tour the fully restored, two story cabin and its working, heirloom garden.
Woldumar Nature Center
5739 Old Lansing Rd, Lansing, MI 48917
Woldumar Nature Center is just a 15 minutes drive from The English Inn, Restaurant and Pub. If you’re visit Woldumar for the first time, be sure to stop in at the Visitor Center for information about the trails and center.