Oakland Nature Preserve - Stan Harris Trail

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Oakland Nature Preserve - Stan Harris Trail is a 0.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Carbondale, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.6 miles Elevation Gain: 6 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



bird watching



wild flowers


city walk

Green Earth offers hiking and outdoor recreation at six sites across Carbondale, IL. All properties are open to the public during daylight hours. This property is the second preserve acquired by Green Earth. It is located on North Oakland Avenue, near the Oakland Cemetery. The parking area is north of Owens and south of Ready Mix Road, on the east side of Oakland. This 20 acre preserve contains two trails, both at a low level of difficulty. A recent second trailhead was installed at the dead end of N. Bridge St. The Stan Harris Trail (named after one of the founding Green Earth board members and the driving force behind the small prairie) is located south of the railroad tracks that bisect this property. This trail loop is approximately .6 mile in length and winds through woodland and prairie habitats. Parking on Oakland Street will give access also to the second trail at this preserve, the Woodland trail, as well as the Kids Exploration & Education Trail and the Rothrock Prairie. Please visit http://www.greenearthinc.org/ for more information.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Green Earth is an excellent organization in Carbondale that provides oversight of several preserves within city limits. This particular location has access to two trails that total about a mile in distance. A great place to experience seasonal wildflowers with the prairie restoration, in addition to almost always some wildlife. Recent additions include bike racks, benches, and garbage/recycling receptacles. Check out Green Earth's website to discover other trails and events that are hosted in the community!

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