This 3.25-mile nature trail takes visitors to the "wild side" of Powell Gardens. Marked with 24 interpretive signs, the trail wends past lotus- and frog-filled ponds, through woods of Osage orange and honeylocust and into an abandoned field of meadow flowers.
Unique plants along the trail’s prairie ridge include the compass plant with its north-south aligned leaves, rare eared false foxglove, bigroot prickly pear and three species of ladies’ tresses orchids. The trail also is a haven for butterfly and birdwatchers.
Brochures that highlight the species living in the area are available at the trailhead. The expanded trail was made possible thanks to a generous donation from Marilyn T. and Byron C. Shutz and the Shutz Foundation.