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- Prepare for the weather. In the spring and fall, windbreakers and sweatshirts are recommended. Please bring a raincoat if necessary. We always recommend long pants and close-toed shoes (sneakers or hiking shoes/boots) to protect legs and toes.
- Sunscreen and a hat
- If your visit will be a little longer, consider water bottles and snacks. If you group is accustomed to eating lunch at a certain time, a quick snack mid- morning or afternoon may help keep up the energy and focus in the group. Please let us know if you need a snack break in the schedule and we are happy to accommodate you.
- Depending on the focus of your visit, prepare the group ahead of time with an appropriate story or research on the topic.
- Talk with the group about hiking and park habits:
- Keep voices low. Loud noises will cause creatures to hide
- Leave things where you find them. Feel free to bring a camera or sketch pad to make a memory to take with you.
- When on a guided hike, stay with the leader. Not only does the staff like to keep track of the group, we want to make sure that the group has the safest, most enjoyable hike possible.
For visitors interested in a true treasure hunt, Headwaters Park is the place to geocache. Using your hand-held GPS or smartphone with an app, test your ability to use coordinates to find the hidden cache. If you are unfamiliar with geocaching, please visit the official site here for information and coordinates to our caches. There are 6 diverse geocaches located within Headwaters Park. These caches include a multi-step cache, and earth cache, a microcache, and also a Ranger Rick youth-friendly cache. From a beginner challenge to a more seasoned search, there is a geocache in the Park for everyone.
Why is this tree bark so rough to the touch? Why are these leaves shaped like this? What is this tree with the gorgeous flowers? If you have ever asked these questions while on a walk, our Tree Trail is a great place to look for answers. There are 20 tagged trees throughout a pleasant walk along the trail. The Tree Guide (located in the white mailbox at the trailhead or click below to download a copy) gives information about each tree, from the best place for it to grow to various ways people benefit from their lumber, fruit, or environmental contributions. Visit during each season to watch the natural changes in each species!
Discover all the different varieties of trees present along the Headwaters Park Trail.
Questing is an adventure, a journey led by clues to a final destination. Use the 8 QR code clues to find your way through the Park, each step leading you closer to the goal. The QR codes can be read by an app on your phone. Scan each code with your phone to open photos, videos, and more information about destructive Mill Creek Flood of 1915. Be sure to look for the Quest box at the end of the journey by the bridge and sign the log!