Come out to the park this spring and enjoy one or all of the guided hikes with the park naturalist. Hikers are encouraged to dress in layers, wear sturdy, closed toe shoes and to bring a bottle of water. Insect repellent is also recommended.
March 24: Welcome Back Spring Hike – Come and celebrate the arrival of spring by taking a .7-mile, moderate difficult, interpretive hike. Learn about what flowers are starting to bloom, their various life cycles, and what roles these plants may have had with the Native Americans, who once lived on these lands. Bring your cameras, your notepads and any flower identification books you might desire to have on the hike. Meet at the lower shelter parking lot.
April 7: Wildflower Hike – Take a 1.5-mile, moderate level hike on Loutre River Trail and learn about the beautiful wildflowers that are blooming. The hike will take you through several ecosystems, such as moist river bottomlands, open oak woodlands and a small limestone glade. Bring your cameras, your notepads, and any flower identification books you might desire to have on the hike. Meet at the boat ramp parking lot.
April 21: Wildflower Hike – Come along on a .6-mile, rugged to moderate level hike on two of the park’s more popular trails, Fern Ridge Trail and Graham Cave Trail. These two trails offer a variety of wildflowers as the trails will take you by scenic sandstone ledges and formations, and through rich valley forests. Bring your cameras, your notepads and any flower identification books you might desire to have on the hike. Meet at the lower picnic shelter parking lot.
May 5: What's Not to Lichen? – Have you ever wondered what lichen likes? Well, like, does lichen like rocks, or does lichen like trees? Like, how does lichen grow? Come along on a .3-mile, rugged to moderate level hike on Fern Ridge Trail, where you will explore the world of lichen. We have a likable feeling you’ll be likin’ lichen by the end of the hike. Meet at the lower picnic shelter parking lot.