There is wonderful diversity of life here! From the rocky chert glades to the lush river growth and beautiful wildflowers, it is a wonderful place to spend a day. Trails wind through the park, along the river, across bridges to neighboring McIndoe Park and back, about a 3 mile walk, most of it easy, some of it a bit of a rough hike around and across cliffs and ridges. We only walked about a third of it today, taking our time, lots of photos and enjoying the park. It never did rain! Come walk along with us!
A glimpse of the glades
Just a tiny corner, rich with miniature plant life.
A fine pair of Canada geese
This is the entrance to a cave, one of many in the area. The actual entrance is gated to keep it from being destroyed. Can't you just imagine early Native Americans using this? Perfect location on the river, plenty of chert and flint for arrowheads, game, shelter. Osage was a local tribe but there were others who traveled through here and also there were prehistoric tribes in the Ozarks.
This Canada Goose had a quiet little cove all to itself.
This is wild impatiens, or jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) . You will often find it where you find this:
Poison ivy. Jewelweed is an antidote for the rash.
This is the old Reddings Mill bridge. It was taken out of service and a new one built; it is now part of the trail system.
Baptisia, and a fine fat bumblebee that wouldn't stop and pose for me nicely. He was much too busy.
Picnic tables and benches were donated to make the bridge a rest stop. Here we would cross the river and follow the trail on the other side. Today this is our point to turn back.
Headed for home.
Lousewort (Pedicularis lanceolata)
The park will be closing soon so it's time to go home! Thanks for walking with us. We'll share with you another part of our park another day. If you'd like to read more about Wildcat Glades, here's the link: