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Leonard Springs Nature Park



Leonard Springs Nature Preserve (95.5 acres) is located at 4685 S Leonard Springs RD. The property features Leonard Spring and Shirley Spring, which issue from a number of outlets in two large spring alcoves. 

Leonard Springs Nature Park virtual tour available here.

Leonard Springs Loop Trail - 1.1 miles: This rugged, wood chipped, natural trail with steep slopes and stairs allows views of a wetland, a cave, Shirley Springs, and several other natural wonders. 

Leonard Springs Access Road - 0.3 miles: A gated gravel road begins at the parking lot and extends to the end of the park. This non-looping road ends at the park's restrooms. No drinkable water is available within the park.

Restrooms: Vault-type unisex restroom facilities are open seasonally and are located at the end of the Access Road.

Report a problem at Leonard Springs Nature Park here.

Bloomington Parks and Recreation Park Property Rules

Allowed Activities
Dog Walking
Wildlife Watching
Good For
Rules & Regulation
Dogs On Leash
No Biking
No Illegal Substances
No Campfires
No Camping
No Horses
No Motorized
Pack Out Dog Waste

Additional Information

Accessibility Description

  • Small gravel parking lot.
  • Two pit toilets with railings.
  • One trail has steep slopes and stairs. Other is a gravel road. 
  • Benches at scenic points on trails. 

History of Leonard Springs Nature Preserve

The City of Bloomington purchased the property between 1914 and 1917 in order to construct an impoundment which would store water for municipal use. By 1943, the City was receiving water from other sources. The lake was drained, and the property was not used. In 1998, Bloomington Parks and Recreation purchased the property from Bloomington Utilities Service Board. Leonard Springs Nature Preserve was dedicated on October 18, 1999.