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The Byron Shutz Nature Trail

This 3.25-mile nature trail takes visitors through the “wild side” of Powell Gardens. Hikers will wind past lotus-filled ponds, through woods of Osage orange and honeylocust and into a field of meadow flowers.

This trail offers slight inclines and some rocky terrain, but is easily traversed by hikers with moderate experience. Novice hikers should review their fitness level and the trail length before beginning a hike.

The expanded trail was made possible thanks to a generous donation from Marilyn T. and Byron C. Shutz and the Shutz Foundation.

What to Know Before You Go

  • Know your capabilities.
  • Make sure to allow enough time to complete the trail before the Gardens close.
  • Minimize your exposure to insects: tuck your pant legs into your socks, spray insect repellent around your ankles.
  • Learn to recognize poison ivy and avoid contact.
  • Take water with you.
  • Stay on the trail!
  • Be aware we are in the range for copperheads and timber rattlers, although none have been identified on the property. You may encounter a variety of non-venomous snakes.
  • The trail is closed during deer season (November through January) for your safety.