You can join park staff by exploring the Spring Trail at Bennett Spring State Park during two free, guided hikes. The first hike is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday; a second hike is planned for April 20. Participants should meet at the park’s nature center to begin each hike.
Park staff will lead an exploration of the Spring Trail then loop around the Bennett Spring to the nature center. Along the mile-long hike, participants will see the fish hatchery, the historic Civilian Conservation Corps Gauge House and the Hanging Fen natural area. Viewing the spring, fishing activities and wildlife is designed to be a fun activity for visitors of all ages. Leashed pets are welcome to attend.
Participants are advised to dress for the weather and wear shoes that will endure natural surfaces, dirt, mud, shifting rocks and the occasional slippery surface. The trail is next to the spring and has various terrain, including wildlife areas known by staff as “critter holes,” as well as evidence of water erosion. Small children will need the guidance of an adult during this hike.
Bennett Spring State Park is on 26250 Highway 64A about 12 miles west of Lebanon. For more information about the event, call the nature center at 417.532.3925.
For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit the web at mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.