Fall hiking in the parks #2 – October 7, 2016

SHARON WOODS

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Edward Thomas Trail by Alli Shaw

If you are looking for a leisurely walk that’s chocked-full of fall colors, the fields at Sharon Woods are at their fall-color peak with blooming Goldenrod and New England Aster. Start your walk on our Edward Thomas Trail. This trail passes through our 319-acre Edward Thomas State Nature Preserve known for its mature oak trees.

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Spring Creek Trail by Sarah Young

From there, take the connector to hop on the Spring Creek Trail. It’ll take you through a meadow bursting with gold and purple. Then, you can the picnic area trails and enjoy the views of the 11-acre Schrock Lake on your right and the golden fields on your left. This loop is one of the best for viewing each stunning prairie that Sharon Woods offers and it’s not too hard on the feet at only 1.2 miles. It’s the absolute best around sunrise and sunset, but you can’t lose with this trek any time of day. You will no doubt see wildlife, such as native birds, butterflies, turkeys, chipmunks, skunks, or if you’re really lucky, Sharon Woods’ illusive piebald buck.

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Schrock Lake by Brad Paskievitch

Join Sharon Woods’ naturalists for a guided tour of all the spectacular colors Sharon Woods has to offer during the Fall Color Walks. On October 16, bring your family for a 1-mile Family Fall Color Stroll at 2pm, or a group of friends for a 1.5-mile Adult Fall Color Walk at 4pm. We look forward to seeing you.

(By Sarah Young, Ranger at Sharon Woods Metro Park)

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