Beautiful views, nice paths and birds. Although the lack of rain was evident in the creek beds it didn’t take away from the peaceful experience. The abundance of yellow finches flying in the meadows was like a dream. The bathroom at the trail head was clean and nicely maintained also.
My only request would be that the trails were better marked. Will definitely return in the fall.

I’m affiliated with the organization that owns the nature center. That said, this is a wonderful gem of a trail due to the number of ecosystems it passes through. It mostly consists of a north and south loop divided by a creek (although there is a paved portion of the trail near the parking lot that is wheelchair accessible). Each loop has a cut off trail if you don’t feel like walking the entire loop.

The south loop passes through mostly deciduous and Shortleaf pine forest and is well blazed. It is more of a workout than the north loop since it has steeper ascents and descents.

The north loop passes by a creek before circling the remnant prairie and savannah full of wild flowers and entering woodlands and passing by a glade. Birds are plentiful and demonstrate why this is a stop on The Great Missouri Birding Trail. A doe with a fawn stopped to stare at me just a few feet off this part of the trail. What a fun trail!

These trails are nice! Yellow Jackets have made themselves at home by the maps so please be careful!!!

These trails are off to a great start. I look forward to seeing the development of this area. I would recommend these loops for children and dogs.

Well maintained loop for a easy couple miles. Go hike !!!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

There are 3 easy scenic loops that all connect. The park is a combination of remnant prairie, open woodlands, savanna, pine forest and glade. Many different kinds of birds to be seen. Earth trails are easy to follow. There is one very short trail that is wheelchair accessible, although when I was there today the field it ran through was bulldozed down but still accessible just not pretty anymore.This is a sweet little get away within the city of Rolla.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017