Five Rivers MetroParks has constructed a two-mile purple trail loop and a 0.7-mile brown loop trail. A 2.3-mile addition has extended the existing orange trail and made it the longest in the park.
Hikers can experience the region’s biodiversity as they pass through a pollinator prairie, woodlands and a newly constructed wetlands area.
Germantown MetroPark is ranked as an important birding area by the Audubon Society, Landis said. It’s a stopover for migratory birds and the addition of the wetlands is luring rarely seen species like marsh wrens and grasshopper sparrows into the park.
The trail also rambles through a 63-acre prairie planted in 2015 with seeds from the MetroPark’s prairie seed nursery.
“It winds you to the very back and you get to a point where you see no human structures,” Landis said. “You feel like you’re in the middle of nature without any human interference.”
The new trails are on wide natural surfaces and a good introduction for beginning hikers. The more experienced will enjoy trekking for nearly 10 miles on the extended orange loop.
WANT TO GO?
What: New hiking trails at Germantown MetroPark
Where: The trails can be accessed from the Twin Valley Trail parking lot, 6206 Boomershine Road. The Twin Valley Welcome Center, with restrooms, is located at 6910 Boomershine Rd.
Hours: April 1 – Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 1 – March 31, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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