Friday, March 22, 2013

Late Season Snowshoeing in Greenfield's Parks

It was a sunny day and just nice enough that I ventured out with my snowshoes to Greenfield.  If you haven't put yours away yet, there are still plenty of fine places to go.  I ended up checking out 2 parks in Greenfield that have wildlife trails and wasn't disappointed.  The nice thing about the city of Greenfield parks, is that you can see a slide show of every park from their city website.  Of course, all the photos are from summer, but that shouldn't stop you from taking a look before you go.

The first place I went was Konkel park. There's a large parking lot which is cleared, and a paved, cleared path to the nature trail that crosses Honey Creek and goes through the wetlands.  The only bad part about going for a long trek in winter is that all the toilets are often closed for the winter, and this was the case for this city of Greenfield park as well.  Bring your own water if you plan to stay long.  I'd say to keep this park in mind for later in the summer too, as they have an interpretive trail with signs along the boardwalk, but everything is frozen over now.  There was even a sign indicating a resident groundhog might be about.  I think he went back to sleep until winter is really over.  Spring is not here, even though the calendar says it is.

I also went to nearby Creekwood Park and followed the creek.  The creek is mostly frozen, but there is a smaller section that is flowing that is full of ducks- probably 50-60.  There is only on-street parking for this tiny neighborhood park.

Nature Trail at Konkel
No groundhog sightings today

Boardwalk covered in snow

Ducks at Creekwood Park

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