Oak Openings Hiking Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"If you’re an über-hiker, tackle it in a day, but if you’re a mere mortal, take two days to explore this long and winding path. Walk along inland sand dunes (a signature characteristic of the oak openings), in oak woodlands, through canopy openings and prairies, through pine forests, along creekbeds, past attractive ponds, and on sandy trails.
The preserve, at under 4,000 acres, is home to more than 1,000 plant species, a number of which are rare or endangered.These include flowering plants such as Skinner’s foxglove and the carnivorous sundew. Rare butterflies found here include the Frosted elfin and Persius dusky-wing. Expect to see some of the park’s resident deer, which number in the hundreds. Nesting birds include larks, sparrows, indigo buntings, whippoorwills, and bluebirds."