Explore over 700 acres of forests, fields, fens, and swamps. Discover rewarding scenic vistas and overlooks throughout the nature center trail area. Highlights include the great blue heron rookery island, countless native and noteworthy plants such as tamarack, orchids, ferns and wildflowers, and hundreds of bird species including pileated woodpeckers, sandhill cranes, bald eagles and warblers.
CHICKADEE TRAIL – 2 MILES
A 2 mile shaded trail of mixed-gravel, with several wooden boardwalks. This trail traverses dense forest, has short portions that are steep, and has tree roots that stick up in several places. This mostly-wooded “backwoods trail” offers opportunities to view deer, turkey, and woodland bird species.
DEER RUN TRAIL – 1.5 MILES
A 1.5 mile trail of mixed-gravel paths with wooden boardwalks. This mostly shaded trail is relatively flat and features two shortcuts that allow you to shorten the trail to a half mile or 1 mile loop. This trail travels through wetlands and mixed forest habitats. You can often spot sandhill cranes and deer on this trail.
ASPEN TRAIL – 1.5 MILES
A 1.5 mile trail of mixed-gravel with wooden boardwalks and wooden bridges. This relatively flat trail contains both shady sections and full sun exposure and features one shortcut allowing you to shorten the loop to 1 mile. Passing through prairies, wetlands and mixed forest habitats, this trail offers opportunities to see abundant wildflowers, pileated woodpeckers and the remains of a historic homestead.
WILDWING TRAIL – 1.75 MILES
A 1.75 mile trail of mixed gravel, with wooden boardwalks and wooden bridges. This trail has shaded sections, full sun sections, areas that are steep, and areas that follow close along the water of Wildwing lake. This trail features an extensive boardwalk that provides scenic views of the marshlands along the eastern shore of Wildwing Lake. From the boardwalk you can also spot nesting great blue herons and great egrets in the heron rookery on the island in the lake.
Know before you go: Occasionally woodland trails may be blocked with debris such as fallen tree limbs. Nature trails are not cleared or salted in the winter and may be snow-covered, slippery or muddy. Pets, bicycles and running are not permitted on the nature trails.
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