on January 10, 2003
The Southwind Nature Trail takes you from the Prairie Outlook to the Lower Fox Creek School and back to the front of the main house via a path through the tallgrass prairie. Although we did not go on the trail because of the snow, we do plan to go back in the spring. Here is what the park says about the trail:
"A leisurely stroll across hill and valley, watercourse, and prairie grassland, gives visitors a close-up look at that which truly makes up the prairie preserve. Named for Kansas Indians, the People of the Southwind, the 1.75-mile trail presents marvelous vistas as well as an opportunity for a detailed look at the prairie ecosystem. =The trail winds across rolling hills, over a spring-fed stream lined with cottonwood and hackberry trees, and through a fascinating array of grasses and flowers. Along the way is evidence of the insects, birds, and mammals that make the prairie their home. Take your time and notice the gray and white rock, the limestone and steel-tough chert, commonly called 'flint,' that was formed between 200 and 300 million years ago and gives the name to the resulting hills."
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