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Details

Distance

0.75 miles

Elevation Gain

65 ft

Route Type

Loop

Description

Added by Lucas Bremer

Short, scenic trail inside of Giant City State Park

This wandering intermittent creek inside of Giant City State Park only flows in periods of heavy rain or after snow melts. Prior to a confluence with Drury Creek, the path comes to a mid sized shelter bluff wall. What this shelter lacks in sheer size, it made up for in importance to Native Americans who used the south facing wall for shelter. By facing this way, the bluff would get morning sun, and also be protected from fierce north and west winds in the winter. There were plenty of shrubs, nuts, berries, and wild game to eat and some of the walls provided important chert for making of tools and weapons. The found these low hanging "caves" to be dry and suitable for cooking and sleeping. Almost a thousand years ago, this was an important place for Woodland tribes.

Many wildflowers bloom here in spring and along the creek, cottonwood, tulip, and river birch trees line the walls and provide many perches for songbirds.

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Features

Camping
Photography
Running
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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