Our management plan is developed for a wildlife sanctuary, not a city park. One of the top prospects for our hikers is the opportunity to see deer, turkey and other animals in a quiet and reflective setting. Dogs, especially barking and running ones, disturb wildlife and other hikers.
Old Kate Trail is 0.9 miles long and is the most popular loop trail circles a forested stream valley. It proceeds to the waterfalls, the Riss Lake Dam, the boardwalk and the “Girl Scout Cabin” pavilion. Hiking time: 30 Minutes. Difficulty: Mild to Moderate.
White Tail Trail at 1.5 miles long. It proceeds up the hill to the highest point in the Nature Sanctuary and then back down the hill where it connects with the Old Kate Trail. Hiking time: 50 minutes to 1 hour. Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult (hilly and rocky in places).
Bluebird Trail at 0.3 miles long and has an ADA accessible trail spur. It proceeds north along White Alloe Creek from the road by the soccer field to the prairie and back. Hiking time: 10 Minutes. Difficulty: Mild.
Butterfly Pass is 0.1 miles and Paw Paw Path is 0.2 miles.
For a simple event, like a birthday party or small meeting, the cabin may be reserved for a fee. There is no parking or vehicular access to the pavilion. You must carry in and carry out anything you need. For more information, see Girl Scout Cabin Reservation Form. For an event that is more involved or charges a fee to participants, additional regulations apply. For more information on special events, visit the Guidelines for Events in Parkville.