When Harvey Ladew lived on the property, this area was used as a pasture for his horses as well as a steeplechase course. After years of inactivity on the land, nature reclaimed this area of Ladew.  The Nature Walk at Ladew was opened in 1999 and provides a contrast to the cultivated, formal gardens with pathways through a natural landscape. Guests can experience the various wildlife habitats of Ladew, which is located within the Piedmont Plateau and a part of the Gunpowder watershed of the Chesapeake Bay. In addition to educational signs along the 1-mile trail, there is a short boardwalk through the wetland forest and a bird blind for bird observations. Along the way, you may notice some remaining fence posts from the former horse pasture. Tours are self-guided and aided by a printed map.