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Draper Wood River Preserve

Step into the embrace of the Draper Wood River Preserve, a true gem woven into the fabric of Hailey and the heart of the valley. This isn't just a piece of land; it's a testament to the unwavering connection between people and nature. With every footstep, you're walking on a landscape that embodies the soul of Hailey, a place cherished by both locals and visitors alike. Spanning 124.41 acres, the Preserve's story is one of dedication, spanning over six years and three acquisitions, resulting in the protection of half a mile of the Big Wood River. 

FISHING ALLOWED, NO HUNTING

What sets this place apart is the intimacy it shares with the community. Here, people experience a bond with the land that usually only blooms through private property ownership. It's a remarkable bond that inspires volunteers to shovel snow off the boardwalk in winter, a small act of love that echoes the profound connection between people and this cherished sanctuary.

More than just a patch of nature, the Draper Wood River Preserve is a thriving hub of community life. This haven isn't cordoned off; it's an open invitation to come together, to explore, to learn, and to immerse ourselves in the natural world. Educational excursions find a home here, and research opportunities flourish amidst these serene landscapes.

For those seeking solace, a leisurely walk, or a joyful romp with their four-legged companions, this preserve holds a special place. It's a favorite spot where memories are made, where stories unfold, and where the unity of community and nature paints a heartwarming picture.

So come, experience the magic that is Draper Wood River Preserve. Here, community and nature entwine, and every footstep is a testament to the deep-rooted bond that transforms land into a treasured legacy.

ACCESSIBILITY

Wood River Land Trust endeavors to create Universal Access trails throughout all public access preserves. Universal Access is defined as a stone aggregate trail that complies with the Outdoor Guidelines:

  • Tread Surface: Clear, firm and stable with a minimum width of 36”  

  • Tread Obstacles: 2” high maximum 

  • Cross Slope: 5% maximum 

  • Running Grade must meet one or more of the following:

    • 5% or less for any distance 

    • Up to 8.33% for 200’ maximum 

    • Up to 10% for 30’ maximum 

    • Up to 12.5% for 10’ maximum 

    • For all running grades above 5%, a resting interval must be provided at both ends of the grade. Resting intervals and passing spaces may overlap 

    • No more than 30% of the total trail length may exceed a running grade of 8.33% 

  •  Passing Spaces: 60” width, provided at least every 1000’ where trail width is less than 60” wide, with a maximum 5% cross slope 

  • Signage must provide the following: 

    • Length of the trail or trail segment

    •  Surface type  

    • Typical and minimum tread width 

    • Typical and maximum running grade 

    • Typical and maximum cross slope  

At Draper Wood River Preserve, there is one ADA parking space by Lion's Park. The trail from the parking lot to the boardwalk is flat, crushed rock.Note: While Wood River Land Trust endeavors to upgrade the majority of existing trails to Universal Access status, not every trail is able to be converted because they are in the floodplain and if they were upgraded to Universal Access status, angular rock would be washed into the river during Spring flooding every year which is not ideal for the health of the river.

THIS PRESERVE HAS A PASSPORT!!

Come and get to know the heart of the Hailey Greenway! What began with a lot donation, and later expanded into the iconic preserve along the Big Wood River in Hailey, the Draper Wood River Preserve is the most well-known and frequented of our preserves. Get to know it with our Draper Preserve Passport! If you’re a local – did you find any new places that you hadn’t explored? If you’re new to town or just visiting – what was your favorite thing you saw? Let us know by emailing us or tagging us in your adventures @woodriverlandtrust!

¡Venga y conozca el corazón de Hailey Greenway! Lo que comenzó con una donación de terreno, y más tarde se expandió en la icónica reserva a lo largo de de Big Wood River en Hailey, el Draper Wood River Preserve es el más conocida y más popular de nuestras reservas. ¡Lléguelo a conocer con nuestro Pasaporte de la Reserva de Draper! Si usted es un local ¿encuentró algún lugar nuevo que no había explorado? Si eres nuevo en la ciudad o simplemente estás de visita, ¿cuál fue tu cosa más favorita que viste? Háganoslo saber enviando un correo electrónico a info@woodriverlandtrust.org o etiquetándonos en su venturas @woodriverlandtrust!

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

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WILDLIFE

Draper Wood River Preserve is home to a variety of wildlife. Keep your eyes open and up and you might get to see ground squirrels, migrating waterfowl, elk, moose, beavers, and more! 

PRESERVATION

Nestled within walking distance from town, this pristine sanctuary offers a unique blend of accessibility and untouched wilderness. Unlike riverfront properties that restrict public access, the Preserve is dedicated to preserving the river's accessibility for everyone to enjoy. As a crucial corridor for wildlife migration, the Preserve plays a vital role in safeguarding the diverse ecosystems that call this area home.

The untouched landscapes stand as a testament to our commitment to maintaining the land's authentic essence. With its sweeping views, tranquil river, and thriving biodiversity, the Draper Wood River Preserve stands as a living example of how nature and public use can coexist harmoniously

RECREATION

Immerse yourself in the ultimate outdoor playground at the Draper Wood River Preserve—a harmonious blend of excitement and tranquility awaiting exploration. Strap on your hiking boots or saddle up for a biking adventure, traversing captivating trails winding through vibrant meadows, ancient groves, and alongside the serene currents of the Big Wood River. For fishing enthusiasts, the river offers a haven of opportunity, where every cast connects you to the aquatic world's rhythm.

Birdwatchers will delight in the Preserve's avian wonders, from majestic raptors to the colorful symphony of songbirds hidden amidst lush foliage. Whether seasoned or novice, the Preserve fosters an intimate connection with nature's diverse tapestry.

ETHICAL LAND USE

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MINDFUL PET OWNERSHIP

While dogs are welcome, kindly clean up after them to protect water quality. Keep your furry friends under voice control, ensuring a peaceful coexistence with both other visitors and the local wildlife.

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WARM GESTURES

A simple smile and wave can go a long way in fostering a sense of camaraderie. Greeting fellow explorers with kindness creates an atmosphere of unity and appreciation.

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HEIGHTENED AWARENESS

As you traverse the trails, stay mindful of your surroundings. By respecting the natural habitat and its inhabitants, we create an environment where both humans and wildlife can thrive in harmony.

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NATURE'S CALL

Please be aware that there are currently no restroom facilities available within the Preserve. We advise all visitors to come prepared and plan accordingly for your outdoor adventure.

WE BELIEVE THAT BY UPHOLDING CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS, WE ENSURE THE LONGEVITY AND WELL-BEING OF OUR PRESERVE.

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LEAVE NO TRACE

Overnight camping, fires, and fireworks are not allowed. Let's cherish the untouched beauty of the Preserve for all to enjoy.

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STAY ON PATH

To protect ecosystems, please avoid creating new trails. Stick to designated paths to minimize our impact.

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PRESERVING WILDLIFE

Other than fishing, we don’t want to encourage harassing wildlife.

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NO
SMOKING

For the safety of the environment and all visitors, smoking and open flames are not permitted.

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NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES

Motorcycles, snowmobiles, and ATVS need to remain outside the Preserve

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OPPORTUNITIES

BOW BRIDGE

The Bow Bridge is the iconic installment that connects two sides of the river to maximize the preserve’s accessibility with a bridge made to look like a Bow and Arrow. If you follow the bridge from the Croy Canyon Boardwalk to the other side, you’ll find the large arrow that also serves as a sundial. This bridge is a lovely place to pause and look out on the Big Wood River.

FUTURE PLANS

Our members make up an incredible community of people who care deeply about protecting the wild spaces and happy places that make our Valley so special. As a member of the Land Trust, you'll protect critical land, keep trails open, restore our river and streams, help students enjoy the wonders of nature, and make sure these iconic landscapes are open for everyone to enjoy.

Become a member today, and make a difference right here in your community

GETTING THERE

To get to the Draper Preserve from downtown Hailey, head west out of town on Bullion Street.  Just after you cross the river, turn right into Lions Park. Continue through the large parking lot, past the baseball fields, to the small dirt parking lot by the Draper pavilion.

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