Lyle and Mary Rizor Nature Sanctuary
Purchased in 1968 by Lyle and Mary Rizor, Rizor Nature Sanctuary was originally supposed to be an ideal place for the couple’s retirement home. After recognizing the natural beauty and importance of these 30 acres, the couple generously donated the land in 1977 to the MNA for it to remain in its natural state forever, and established the first MNA sanctuary in Livingston County.
Near US-23 and easily accessible from the Shannon Glen subdivision, Rizor’s streams and varying habitat offers huge rewards for those who come to explore. Two well-marked trails, totaling roughly one mile, take visitors through eight different types of habitats that support an abundance of wildlife.
April and May are the best months to visit Rizor Nature Sanctuary, as visitors will be treated to a vast array of wildflowers.
How to Get There:
Northbound US 23, exit #70 – Clyde Road. Cross over expressway to service road (Old 23). Turn right (north) onto Old 23 and drive north 2 miles to Faussett Road. Turn left (west); drive 3/4 mile to Shannon Glen subdivision. Turn left (south) into subdivision and follow River Walk Drive to cul-de-sac. Park on cul-de-sac near chain gate and walk (south) on two-track road to sanctuary entrance.
For southbound travelers, take US 23 to exit #75 – Center Road. Turn right onto Center Road, then turn left onto Service road (Old 23). Follow that south 2 miles to Faussett Road; turn right (west) and follow as above to the sanctuary.
For additional information, contact the MNA office at (866) 223-2231.