Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Kishwauketoe is open year round, but some activities may temporarily limit access to some areas. Check the Friends of KNC website or social media for current announcements.
Need to Know
Kishwauketoe's trail designers took naming to an extreme; virtually every segment has at least two names, with one section representing six. The trails presented here correspond with the colored loops as shown on KNC's trail map. The significant overlap isn't that much of a navigational issue - it's a small trail network, so just let loose and enjoy your visit.
As part of Kishwauketoe's wildlife management, bow hunting of deer is permitted in designated areas between November 1st and December 6 after registering with the local police department. Check the Friends of KNC website for additional details and information to avoid any potential conflicts.
Controlled burns are occasionally conducted and are announced on the land manager's website.
The trails at Kishwauketoe are flat, smooth, and wide. This makes for a good area for those new to trail running, but keep in mind that most visitors will be moving at a slower, quieter pace.
Trails here can get muddy in wet weather, particularly along the Fire Break Trail (which corresponds to the southern end of the Yellow Loop
) and the entire southern half of the natural area.
Flora & Fauna
One of the main purposes of Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy is to restore the region's native plant life and provide a habitat suitable for a sustainable wildlife population. To that end, the stewards of the natural area go to great efforts to protect and nurture its local flora and fauna.
The area consists of tall grass prairie, intermixed with wetlands and oak savanna, the latter being considered one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world. The diverse plant species in the park can fill pages, but expect wetlands towards the southern end, grassy prairie in the central section, and oak woodlands towards the north. The restoration efforts put in by local staff, volunteers, college students, and residents is extensive and creates a unique environment.
Kishwauketoe also attracts a number of small animals local to its ecosystems. Birding is particularly popular, with over 36 different varieties. Also look for deer, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, opossums, and beavers.
Shared By: Brendan Ross