In the mood to enjoy the great outdoors, stretch your legs, breathe in fresh air and soak up bountiful sunlight? The I-20 Wilderness Preserve offers a different kind of getaway -- one you may want to enjoy again and again.
Pack a lunch and eat in the Preserve pavilion, or leave all the cooking and cleanup to the family-run folks at a restaurant not far from the Preserve.
When to go
The Preserve is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., October through April, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. the rest of the year. They're open Tuesdays through Saturdays.
What to expect
Come and hike the preserve year-round, but take note that flora and fauna rest during winter months. Don't let that stop you! You may love this getaway so much you'll want to return in the spring, summer, and fall months. Your little getaway will cost you nothing, except a possible donation and maybe the price of a good meal you won't have to cook.
What to see and do
The Wildlife Preserve sits on 87 acres of flatland. The marsh or lake offers the ideal place for a stopover for birdlife including cranes, ducks, and other waterfowl. The hiking trails are composed of the raised boardwalk, packed dirt, and asphalt, running in a loop over three miles on ADA trails. Watch Monarch butterflies in the four butterfly gardens and look at a variety of wildflowers and plants, many of them labeled.
Educating visitors is one of the aims of the Preserve. The 24-ft. observation tower makes it easy to view the "entertainment" taking place on the lake. The winding ramp makes it accessible to reach the tower for just about everyone. In all, there are seven bird blinds. Benches along the trail offer a place to relax and enjoy conversation with your companions, while shade trees give a respite from the warmer summer months.
You'll probably work up an appetite after a long day of hiking and sightseeing. If packing a picnic didn't happen and you'd like a night off from cooking, you may want to head over to the Back in the Day Café. Delicious, homemade American-style food, made fresh.
Keep the Cafe in mind if you plan your day getaway in the morning or afternoon. They also serve breakfast and lunch!
What to bring
~ Sturdy walking shoes
~ Mosquito repellent in summer months
~ Binoculars for watching the birds land and take off
~ A camera
~ A supply of water
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