Prairie Oaks Metro Park
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Prairie Oaks Metro Park is located in western Franklin and northeastern Madison counties. The county line runs through the Metro Park along Big Darby Creek. Madison County is on the west side of the creek. Franklin County is on the east side of the creek. (See the map below for the location of the boundary along the creek.)
Please see Focus on Birding near a County Line for more information.
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Prairie Oaks Metro Park Trails
There are 8 trails at Prairie Oaks Metro Park.
Alder – .6 miles – easy
Beaver Lake – .9 miles – easy
Bridle – 5.7 miles – horseback riding/cross-country ski
Coneflower – 2.5 miles – moderate to difficult
Darby Creek Greenway – 8.3 miles – easy
Lakeview Trails – .9 miles – easy
River Rock – .7 miles – easy
Sycamore Plains Trails – 2.2 miles – moderate to difficult
The Darby Creek Greenway crosses Big Darby Creek. The north section of this trail on the east side of the creek is in Franklin County. The south section on the west side of the creek is in Madison County.
The AllTrails website has descriptions with maps of hikes in the Prairie Oaks Metro Park.
About Prairie Oaks Metro Park
Prairie Oaks features nearly 500 acres of lush prairies and grasslands. In late summer and early fall, visitors can see fields of beautifully flowering ashy sunflower, royal catchfly and purple coneflower against a backdrop of big and little bluestem and Indian grasses.
The spectacular and lush scenery of the Big Darby State and National Scenic River, which flows through the park, provides a beautiful backdrop for outdoor adventure.
The Sycamore Plains Trail system offers a spectacular trek along Big Darby Creek through a mature wooded floodplain.
From Prairie Oaks Metro Park webpage
Restrooms at locations identified on Prairie Oaks Metro Park map.