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Trails

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Beginning in January, 2014 the Oxley Nature Center will be closed on Sundays and Mondays due to the city hiring freeze.

Oxley Nature Center's trails may be hiked seven days a week, year-round. The trails are closed to the public during Mohawk Park's curfew hours: 9:00 pm. to 5:00 a.m. You may park outside the gates from 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. to walk the trails even when the gates are closed.


New Trail Maps (updated December 2013)


Oxley trail map


Oxley trail descriptions


North Woods Trail Map

Your visit should include hiking at least one of the trails that allow access to the forests, fields, and wetlands of the Nature Center.

Oxley Nature Center's trails may be hiked seven days a week, year-round. The trails are closed to the public during Mohawk Park's curfew hours: 9:00 pm. to 5:00 a.m. You may park outside the gates from 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. to walk the trails even when the gates are closed.

The trail system is comprised of many individual loops and stretches of trail linked together. The main part of the trail system centers around the Interpretive Building. A second set of trails, the North Woods Unit, may be found northwest of Mohawk Park's Golf Course and northeast of Lake Yahola.

There are nearly nine miles of trails. Most of them are flat and fairly smooth. Wheelchairs and strollers may be taken down many of the trails unless rain has made the dirt or grass surfaces too soft or muddy. The trails are not set up for horses or bicycles or vehicles of any kind.

Red Fox Trail (0.3 mile) - A multipurpose trail designed for a sensory awareness experience.

Green Dragon Trail (0.5 mile) - An undeveloped trail that wanders through the deep woods and along Coal Creek.
Blue Heron Trail (0.3 mile) - A multipurpose, self-guided trail with bird blinds overlooking Lake Sherry.
Prairie Trail (0.4 mile) - This trail winds among the various prairie plants and wildlife trails of the old field area.
Blackbird Marsh (0.7 mile from building) - A 600 foot boardwalk extends over the marsh allowing "hand-on" investigation of aquatic plants and animals.

Wildlife Study Area Trail
(0.6 mile) - A trail through diverse wildlife habitat where many tracks and signs of animals may be found.
Flowline Trail (0.45 mile) - A trail following a buried waterline from south of the Center to Coal Creek.

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The following trails begin at the North Woods Parking Area

Beaver Lodge Trail (1.0 mile) - A loop trail in the North Woods Area where recent beaver activity can easily be seen.

North Woods Loop (1.3 mile) - This trail wanders through the old North Woods, the Nature Center's "wilderness" area.

Sierra Club Trail (0.7 mile) - A trail which circles Nelson's Oxbow, home for many water animals and birds.

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