Nature Trail
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~ This Page Authored by Donald Lee Smith at ~

~ A November Trail Walk in Parkville Nature Sanctuary ~

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This Page is Dedicated to Bob Fluchel
Great Friend and Respected Director of the Sanctuary

Before continuing... A word about the narrator of the following Photos, Donald Smith (myself)
After a walk though the Sanctuary with a Friend in 2007 I decided to do a Web Page
Then I took this long walk through the entire Sanctuary, made this Web Page and installed it on my Web Site

I later took over the Nature Sanctuary Web Page and recorded many Events as 'unofficial' Staff Photographer
Later the Web Site was transferred to the City, and I 'retired' as Photographer after Jim Reed retired as Santa at 'Santa Trek 14'

In 1989 the developers of the Riss Lake project donated 49 acres of land
At the base of the dam to the City of Parkville and $25,000 seed money to develop it as a nature Sanctuary

In 1992 Jim Reed was asked to form a Parkville Nature Sanctuary Committee
To develop and manage the property

With help from a Missouri Department of Conservation naturalist, Robert Fluchel
Trails were laid out to make the area accessible with minimal impact on the land and wildlife habitat

When Jim Retired after many years Bob Fluchel assumed Directorship
To continue maintaining the Sanctuary and Annual Events

Through the help of many volunteers, Scout troops, service groups
And the Sanctuary committee, the trails became a reality

Bridges were built across White Alloe Creek, boardwalks constructed over swampy areas
And erosion control devices incorporated in the trails to minimize damage from human activities

During 1997 the Missouri Department of Conservation purchased 68 acres adjacent to the Sanctuary
And designated it as the White Alloe Creek Conservation Area

This added a beautiful forested area and more than doubled the area
Managed by the Parkville Nature Sanctuary Committee

A view from the bottom of the large earthen dam which holds back the waters of Riss Lake

View from the top of the dam looking South to downtown Parkville
The smokestack on the horizon is across the Missouri River and in Kansas

Looking North across Riss Lake from the road on the top of the dam

Another view looking North with Highway 45 (Tom Watson Parkway) in the distance

The dam in the background from one of the elevated walkways above swampy ground

The "Bluebird Trail" was cleared according to ADA standards
To facilitate access for those with moderate restrictions on their mobility

The trail system was expanded with the "White Tail Trail" to incorporate the new Conservation area
The longest trail and steepest at 1.3 miles

The upper reaches of White Alloe Creek as it meanders from the base of the dam

Many Eagle Scout projects have enhanced the accessibility of the White Tail Trail
With trail improvements such as graveled paths, wood steps and switchbacks

Jim Reed became the first Director of the Parkville Nature Sanctuary
And he regularly conducted highly successful nature walks
And arranged for other naturalists to lead hikes

The old Girl Scout Cabin location was preserved and restored as a gathering area
And in 1999 was fitted with an award-winning shelter roof designed by Kelly Batcheller

Still boasting its original brick fireplace, it has become a favorite location for many gatherings
Including the enormously popular Halloween "Family Ghost Story Night"

Now on to the conquest of the White Tail Trail

I asked this gentleman where the escalator was... He said it was out of order
And I had picked the steepest part of the trail to head up

Somehow it doesn't look as steep as I felt it was then

AHA! Eureka! Voila! This is at the top... I actually made it...
(I had my doubts)

The prettiest trees were at the higher levels.
Seems the ones down lower had mostly dropped their leaves

Now on the way down, much easier this direction

I only saw five people on the trail, two joggers, the old gentleman and this couple
Oops, you can't see his wife there

I stopped to talk to them, a really nice couple from Overland Park, Kansas
Out to take the air in Parkville

I was on the way down. they asked how far to the top
I said I would guess about 1/8 mile. Almost there now

A lady jogger on the way up... I was glad to be heading the other way!

Entering or leaving the Sanctuary you cross White Alloe creek, here flowing from the North

Now leaving, crossing the creek again, looking South where the creek flows alongside
Of the Park University Athletic fields, then on though English Landing park
Joining Rush Creek and then on into the Missouri River

~ And That is the End of this Hike ~

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