About Prairie Farm
With a little imagination, at Maplewood’s Prairie Farm Preserve you can travel back in time to the early 1900s and beyond. The open rolling pasture at the preserve is being restored to native prairie. Seeded in Fall 2002, the prairie promises blooms of butterfly weed and purple prairie clover and a chance to wade through that sea of grass the early settlers described. A wetland created at the preserve attracts birds and wildlife.
As you’re hiking the preserve, you’ll never be far from a glimpse of the old red barn of the Bruentrup Heritage Farm. The farm buildings were relocated to the preserve in 1999 and are lovingly maintained by the Maplewood Historical Society. In addition to holding its monthly meetings at the Farm, the Historical Society hosts programs and special events for the public here. Plans call for creating gardens and a small orchard at the farmstead.VisitingTerrain and Trails
The terrain is rolling slopes. The site has a short paved trail (4/10 mile) that is handicap accessible. Bicycles are permitted on the paved trail only.Acreage
22-acre natural area plus two-acre farmsteadLocation
The preserve is located in northern Maplewood, just south of Highway 694, two blocks east of Maplewood Mall. The site is bordered by McKnight Road on the east and County Road D and Woodlynn on the north and south.Entrances
On Woodlynn and County Road DParking
Parking lot east of the farm buildings on County Road D.Facilities
There are no restrooms or drinking water at the preserve. Facilities are available at the Bruentrup Heritage Farm during public events.