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Lost Creek Hiking Trail is fun AND educational

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Rick Grooters, Conservation Specialist

The Lost Creek Hiking Trail was founded by a group of concerned people from Chatfield who wanted to give local citizens an opportunity to hike on a natural trail and learn about our environment. The group later formed a non-profit corporation called the Bluff Country Hiking Club. The Lost Creek Hiking Trail was the first major project of the group.

The Bluff Country Hiking Club began working on the Lost Creek Hiking Trail in February of 2011 with the official opening in October of 2011. The trail starts at Groen Park in Chatfield and runs west for approximately 6 miles. It is open to the public but is limited to hiking and snowshoeing as the trail is natural soil and grass. The trail offers a wide range of terrain and ecosystems including agricultural land, forest, and prairie pasture. The goal of the trail is to provide residents and visitors opportunities for recreation and education while enjoying the scenery and wildlife of our area.

The Fillmore SWCD, in cooperation with the Bluff Country Hiking Club, has sponsored annual forestry field days along the trail since 2011 to highlight the many forest management practices implemented by landowners along the trail, in particular on land owned by Bill and Steve Bailey. Bill and Steve along with Tim Gossman have spearheaded these events and shared their vast knowledge of managing forest land to make it profitable and sustainable. All three serve on the Fillmore SWCD Forestry Committee. Tim is also a member of the SWCD Board of Supervisors. Signs along the trail mark about 20 forest management practices, and a brochure describing the benefits of the practices can be found at the trailheads.

If you would like any information or are interested in joining the group, please contact: For more information about the forestry practices along the Lost Creek Hiking Trail, go to the Fillmore SWCD website

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