The Tallgrass Prairie Trail is a small trail in the tail of Whitewater Forest Park.
Being the only trail in Whitewater District, I like it because it is the closet to where I grew up. Besides that small fact the trail is quite interesting.
The attractions are the overland bridge, the prairie itself and the vernal pond. Vernal ponds are areas of water important to many amphibians' life cycles, but they are only around for a short time.
Vernal ponds allow amphibians to breed without the fear of their young being eaten by fish.
Just past the vernal pond is the overland bridge. It travels over the sloping hill creating an easier walk for most. The bridge has a few steps so be careful when walking down. The drop is not far, about three or four feet, but it would still hurt.
There is also the prairie. This is home to many wildlife including rabbits and deer. I have seen many different forms of wildlife here. Once in those first months I with Noki, one of my sisters and I were followed by coyotes or dogs around the trail. If you are walk this trail, walk it during park hours and you will not risk this. My sister and I started the trail late and it was dark by the time we finished.
Paved or Trail: Trail with gravel, dirt, grass, bricks and a long wood bridge.
The quickest access is off of Harrison Road. If you get off of the highway near Harrison, you travel west on Harrison Road to the park to entrance. The trail is on the right after a very sharp bend to the left.
Overall rating: 8/10
This trail is very good for casual walkers. Although it has a steep incline in places it is not as rough as the Badlands Trail.
Strollers and wheelchairs are near impossible because of a long wooden bridge. It allows for an easier walk over some tough terrain, but the steps onto it and off of it make anything with wheels dangerous. I do not suggest walking this trail if you need something with wheels to get around.
This trail is good for people who like a little seclusion from the harbor's crowd and an easy yet interesting small trail.
My paying job is working in an ice factory and due to the weather being 90+ degrees on a holiday weekend I am working 15+ hours a day and have not been able to give the blog my full attention. Please look back in a few days for the update on the Tallgrass Prairie Trail at Whitewater Forest.
week Noki and I traversed through the seas of green covering the Badlands trail
at Miami Whitewater Forest.
has to be my favorite trail.
The reason I like
it is because it is a trail rich in plant life.
Each time I walk the trail I notice something new. I noticed just recently there are many ferns
around the various streams that litter the forest floor.
I noticed other
interesting things as well. A birds nest,
high in a tree, with chicks in it calling for food and a tree fallen into
another tree to make an arrow point aimed at the sky are just a few examples.
This trail reminds
me of a description of a game called “go.” Go was once explained to me as a very simple
game with a lot of depth, it always changes but is always the same. This is very much the Badlands Trail.
Once we noticed a
small clearing where there was a flourish of activity with birds and squirrels,
but the next time we came there was a calming silence. Even the one squirrel, which appeared around
a tree suddenly, was not making any noise.
One day we walked past some green
plants only to find the next they had all suddenly sprouted white flowers.
When walking, Noki
and I can be very forward thinking, eyes front, never looking back and
certainly not stopping unless we see something to give us pause. To help experience the whole trail, we tend
to walk it in different directions. It
allows us to see some things from different angles.
I would strongly
suggest this strategy with this trail.
There are things you can only see if turning around or from looking at a
completely different angle.
To every trail
there is a small downside as well. Unfortunately, there was a bit of
trash. Not enough to ruin the trail, but
we saw water bottles and pop cans in various places.
understand, is not so much a failing of the trail but a failing of some of the
people who walk the trails.
If you are going
to take food or drinks on the trail, please do not litter. Bring a bag or something else to hold your
trash. I usually bring my backpack
filled with drinks and extra weight.