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Battle Creek, Michigan: Fantasy Forest

Ash trees killed by bugs transformed into works of folk art. Dragons, wizards, gnomes, castles, and our favorite: "The Strange Disappearance of Old MacDonald," which shows a farmer being beamed aboard a flying saucer.

Lelia Arboretum

928 W. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek, MI
Leila Arboretum. West edge of the city. From MI-89/W. Michigan Ave. turn north and drive past the entry gates of the Leila Arboretum. Bear right. You'll quickly see a small parking lot on the right that leads to the Fantasy Forest.
Dawn-dusk Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Carved bearded face.

Fantasy Forest

Very cool art. Look for painted rocks scattered around on the carvings.

[Terri, 10/11/2019]

Stump carvings - Troll Totem.

Fantasy Forest

An old forest area destroyed by parasites, turned into a forest of stump-carved characters. Beautiful stop. Free. Lots of tree carvings.

[Jennifer Foster, 06/24/2019]

The trees were killed by the emerald ash borer, an invasive species that hitchhiked into Michigan on shipping containers via the Great Lakes.

Nearby Offbeat Places

The Kellogg RejuvenatorsThe Kellogg Rejuvenators, Battle Creek, MI - 1 mi.
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Allegan County Old Jail Museum, Allegan, MI - 35 mi.

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