Midland is often noted for its low key urban vibe. Restaurants, live events, and shopping are consistently mentioned as the main draw to the area.
This is why some newer residents are surprised to find that the Midland region also happens to play host to a diverse range of incredible hiking spots. They have vastly different terrain, plants, and wildlife, and provide varied experiences for hikers of all skill levels. Here are three of the most breathtaking spots that Midlanders love to hike:
Windlands Park Loop
This is a great hike for beginners, at just under a mile on relatively flat terrain. It's a fully paved path with moderate use by the public, great for hikers who prefer a walk not too far from urban amenities. Hikers note persistent wildlife sightings, mainly smaller animals like rabbits and squirrels. Dogs are welcome, as long as they are kept leashed. This is the perfect spot for wheelchair use, a slow bike ride, or anyone who isn't up for a demanding walk with too much up or downhill spots on the trail.
Sibley Nature Center Trail System
For those looking for more diverse plant and wildlife sightings, as well as a more challenging hike, the Sibley Nature Center has an impeccably maintained system of 3 interconnected hikes that has to be seen. The main draw here is the varied terrain with rockier hilly areas sloping down through flower and grass filled ponds and marshes. Depending on the time of year, many visitors report rare bird sightings using the viewing areas marked along the trails. The difficulty of this hike is in the more demanding upward walks at certain points, as well as the need to be wary of rattlesnakes. Dogs are still welcome on this hike, but due to much of it being unpaved bikes are not allowed.
The I-20 Wildlife Preserve Walk
This beautiful preserve is a treat to visit throughout the year, due to the intense changes in the environment. The preserve is a protected salt playa set right in the middle of an urban setting. The playa is dry for much of the year but sometimes fills with water that activates the desert plants surrounding it, completely changing the character of the hike. Hikers report plentiful sightings of animals like bullfrogs, small wild cats, owls, lizards, and many more visitors to the preserve depending on the level of water resources available. The hike is moderately difficult, with much of it unpaved. Dogs are not allowed into the playa.
Looking for more information on the great natural and urban offerings in the Midland area? Contact us today to learn more about our wonderful community at Olympus Sundance Creek and arrange your private tour!