Dear Park Visitors, I am very sorry that I am not around this weekend to provide programs for you, but I am leaving you with some ideas and suggestions of things to see while you are here. I hope you have a wonderful visit at the park. Sincerely, Doug Hauser Interpretive Naturalist, Prophetstown State Park Suggestions of things to see and do here at Prophetstown State Park 1. Visit the pond. If you brought your gear and have a license, there is a variety of different kinds of fish to try and catch in the pond. While you are there, you might run across some frogs (or at least hear them), as well as turtle(s), and a beaver has been seen swimming in the pond on at least a couple of occasions. 2. Travel trail 1 beginning at the Meadowview Comfort Station and head across the main road in the park. You will travel through some prairie and then enter a thicket. Be on the lookout for wildlife! As you exit the thicket, you will open up onto part of the fen. This is a good place to see a few wildflowers as well as look for a number of different bird species. You can eventually choose to head towards the campground or continue on into the fen, but it may be wet through here. 3. Travel trail 1 beginning in the Meadowview parking lot by the trail 1 sign. This will take you through what was once part of a Christmas tree farm. Look and listen for the wildlife, especially if you go in the evening. As you exit the trees, you will open out onto part of our prairie. It is quite a change with that tall Big Bluestem grass surrounding you. You can take trail one all the way across the main road and down into the fen area if you like or take a trip along trail 2. 4. Travel trail 2. You can pick this trail up in several places, but one suggestion is to pick it at the Prairie View picnic area by the Blazingstar shelter. You can take trail 2 through the prairie along a fence row all the way to the woods. Once you go into the woods, you will eventually start walking along Harrison Creek. Be sure to stop at the observation deck to see what is going on. There are a variety of birds and I have seen a muskrat along here as well. You can also read about the Wabash Torrent while you are here. Trail 2 continues on by the pond, goes near part of the fen, and through a grove of sycamores before meeting up with trail one to take you back to where you began. 5. Visit Historic Prophetstown. Admission here is included in your admission to the park. In addition to the farm, they have a beautiful prairie with its own trail system. Don’t forget to stop by the replica Indian village! While this list isn’t all inclusive, it should give you a good start. Whatever you end up doing, I believe you will have a great time here at Prophetstown State Park. Enjoy!
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