Meadow Ridge Trail – Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve

The Meadow Ridge trail in the Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve is a wonderful peaceful hike through many different types of areas. From open grass lands to tree covered, shady areas it is a great spring hike.

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When you arrive at the preserve you will find a fairly large parking lot near the main entrance of the community building.

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You will then clearly see the beginning of many different trails and a map of the area. Choose your trail and begin.

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All of this trail is crushed gravel and has fairly decent water runoff considering we hiked it in the beginning of March and it was not too wet at all.

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Being this is a waterfowl preserve, you will come across numerous ponds and a stream,

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many different bird observation areas,

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and wonderful signs that are clearly marked along each trail.

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In the spring of the year you may even get lucky and see the Sugar Shack cooking maple syrup like we did.

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And for all you history buffs, there is also many different informative plaques along the entire trail

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We have visited here in the summer months and found this trail extremely hot and sunny in some parts. And I must inform everyone who dislikes snakes as much as I do, this is not your trail to hike in the heat of summer. There are NUMEROUS snakes and will make for a VERY stressful and terrifying hike. Now, if you enjoy these types of slithering reptiles, you will love this trail in the summer months.

 

 

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