ElevationAscent: 17' 5 m
Descent: -110' -33 m
High: 641' 195 m
Low: 546' 167 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)
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“A crushed-rock prairie trail with a chance to see bison.”— Eric Ashley
Note that the bison area is very large, and that they may not be visible if they're in a distant section.
As it moves away from the bison area, the trail crosses over the highway and begins to meander through large, open fields. At roughly the half-way point, a bridge ushers runners over Prairie Creek. The slightly lower elevation of the prairie here makes it apt to hold water and look more like a wetland depending on when you visit. The Henslow Trail ends at a road just north of the River Road Trailhead.
There is little shade along the trail, so prepare accordingly for warm and sunny days. Regardless of the season, long pants and sturdy footwear are recommended.
The prairie is teeming with life from reintroduced native plants, to a host of bird species. There are also plenty of interesting spiders.
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