The Nature Conservancy manages the Gustavus Forelands Preserve which protects approximately 4,000 acres of the Gustavus Forelands and includes the Nagoonberry Loop Trail, a 2.5 mile-long trail through the Forelands area. Starting in mature spruce forest, the trail travels through younger successional habitat types open meadows and beaches. The flats and tidelands draw migrating birds including American Golden-Plover, Dunlin, Spotted Sandpiper and large flocks of Sandhill Cranes in mid-September, and others. Sloughs, streams and coastline provide habitat for waterfowl. In woodland and open areas, look for Sooty Grouse, Rufous-hummingbird, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Hermit Thrush, Varied Thrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Red Crossbill, and Pine Siskin. Walkers should be aware of the rules for safety in bear and moose country.
From the main road between town and the airport, head south on Glen's Ditch Road to the parking area at the Nagoonberry Trailhead located approximately 0.4 miles from the main road. From the trailhead, the trail meanders is a 2.5-mile loop.
- eBird Hotspot: Gustavus--Forelands Preserve-Nagoonberry Loop Trail