- Why can’t I bring my dog?
- How long are the hiking trails?
- What kind of wildlife will I see?
- Is water available?
- Are there restrooms? Where are they located?
- Are there any accommodations for people with disabilities?
- May I rent or reserve the “Girl Scout Cabin” pavilion?
- Is camping allowed?
- May bus groups visit?
- May school classes or youth groups visit?
- Are guided tours available?
- May I hold my wedding at the Nature Sanctuary?
- Is there poison ivy at the Nature Sanctuary?
- How can I find out about volunteer opportunities?
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.
Songbirds, deer, other small mammals, frogs, turtles, snakes, colorful insects and many species of butterfly.
No. Please bring your own water bottle.
There are two restrooms located in a small block building between the Nature Sanctuary parking lot and the Park University softball field. The Nature Sanctuary and Park University share these restrooms. Because of the terrain they are not ADA accessible. The restrooms are closed in cold weather.
Due to the natural hilly terrain, access by wheelchair is limited to the Bluebird Trail which travels 0.3 miles along the scenic edge of White Alloe Creek.
The cabin may be reserved as a special event. There is no parking or vehicular access to the pavilion. You must carry in and carry out anything you need. For more information on special events visit the Guidelines for Events in Parkville.
No, camping is not allowed.
Yes, however parking is limited. It is recommended that you first contact Nature Sanctuary Director Joe Ryan.
Yes, school groups or youth groups may visit without reservations. It is recommended that you first contact Nature Sanctuary Director Joe Ryan.
Yes, but on a very limited basis. A volunteer must available to provide a tour. Please contact Nature Sanctuary Director Joe Ryan.
No, weddings are not permitted in the Nature Sanctuary per the Guidelines for Events in Parkville.
Yes, poison ivy is found in all wooded areas of Missouri. Stay on the trails and avoid contact with vines that have three leaves. Wear jeans, shoes and socks when hiking.