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Byron Shutz Nature Trail

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This 3.25 mile nature trail takes visitors to the “wild side” of Powell Gardens.


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3.0

Miles

4.8

KM

96%

Runnable

1,046' 319 m

High

920' 281 m

Low

240' 73 m

Up

234' 71 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

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Features Birding · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The trail is closed during deer season for your safety. Although public deer hunting is not permitted at Powell Gardens, the trail winds close to our borders, creating a potential safety hazard.

Description

This 3.25-mile nature trail takes visitors to the “wild side” of Powell Gardens. Marked with 24 interpretive signs, the trail winds 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.

The expanded trail was made possible thanks to a generous donation from Marilyn T. and Byron C. Shutz and the Shutz Foundation.

Contacts

Land Manager: Powell Gardens, Inc.

Shared By:

Erin Bailey Parish

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Photos

Water Lily on the Island Garden-Powell Gardens
Nov 15, 2017 near Lone Jack, MO
A place to sit and enjoy autumn in November-Woodland Garden at Powell Gardens
Nov 14, 2017 near Lone Jack, MO
Blue Water Lily on the Island Garden-Powell Gardens
Nov 15, 2017 near Lone Jack, MO
View of the lake in Autumn-Fountain Garden at Powell Gardens
Nov 14, 2017 near Lone Jack, MO
November Color-Woodland Garden at Powell Gardens
Nov 14, 2017 near Lone Jack, MO
Autumn Waterfall-Woodland Garden at Powell Gardens
Nov 14, 2017 near Lone Jack, MO

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