This trail is part of the 64-mile Caprock Canyons Trailway. Cattleman Charles Goodnight, with the financial backing of British businessman John Adair, established the JA Ranch in 1877, a 1,325,000-acre cattle spread that once dominated the horizon view along the Kent Creek Trail.
The ranch, home to over 100,000 head of cattle, succumbed to division in later years, but the stretch of horizon, unbroken by anything modern, remains. Segments of the Kent Creek Trail offer havens for both hikers and wildlife in the form of shady rows of trees, called shelterbelts, which were planted years ago by farmers to reduce winddriven erosion. Inadvertently, farmers provided ideal conditions for woodland-loving birds that typically prefer protected edges along an open field or prairie.
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