- What is there to do at Spring Creek Prairie?
- Can the trails be accessed when the visitor center is closed?
- Are dogs allowed on trails?
- Are the trails accessible?
- Are drones allowed to be flown?
There are over four miles of walking trails for visitors of all ages to experience a mostly native tallgrass prairie. The trails wind over hillsides, around ponds, and next to a woodland stream. There are wonderful views of the surrounding countryside from atop the hilltop trails. Nature abounds: lots of birds and other wildlife, wildflowers, grasses, trees, and wetland plants to enjoy. The visitor center has interactive exhibits, bathrooms, a gift shop, and staff and volunteers to answer questions.
Yes, the trails are open sunrise to sunset, seven days a week throughout the year. No appointment is necessary. Trail maps are available for download from this website (Come Visit Us page).
No, for the safety of our breeding birds and for visitors, dogs are not allowed on the walking trails, even on leashes. This rule does not apply to service animals.
Only the trails around the visitor center are accessible. Specifically, the path from the parking lot to the visitor center, the trail north from the parking lot to our boundary line, the trail south from the visitor center to the footbridge, and the trail from the visitor center east to the Oregon Trail cutoff wagon ruts across the pond. All of the trails beyond these paths are not accessible.
Drones are allowed on our property only as part of research activities, and flights must be approved by and scheduled with staff.