My husband & I were bicycling the Cape LaCroix Recreation Trail & happened upon the trails of White Oak Trace. The trails DO NOT support bicycle traffic. There is a bike rack at the trail head. We did walk our bicycles up to Farklberry Knob & Ridgetop Trail to the nature center. It is a large building that looks quite new. The exhibits were informative & focused on the connections made between swamps and the environment. Classes of school children were coming in for a field trip. That was GREAT to see.
We biked around outside on pavement to several large retention ponds that were surrounded by picnic shelters. One person was fishing off a short pier. They were adding on a sizeable children's playground that was state of the arts. There is a war memorial, too.
We only got to enjoy one trail, but the others sounded interesting: Cottonwood Crossing to Maple Hollow, Wood Duck Swamp, Tulip Poplar Hill, Paw Paw Valley, & Sinkhole Bottom. They range from 1/4 - 3/8 mile long & moderate to steep grade.
ACCORDING TO THE FLYER
Here are the "No-No's": Pets, horses, collecting, littering, hunting, alcohol,biking, skating, jogging, motorized vehicles, walking off the trails
Nature Center Hours: Tues. - Sat. 8am - 5pm; Closed Sun./Mon. Thanksgiving & the following Friday, Christmas, New Year's Day
Area Hours: Open daily sunrise to 10pm
The entrance is free. Donations in the center are welcomed :->
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