Greenspace, Inc. make the following trail use suggestions:

  • Special Needs Hikers and Families with Small Children:
    Use paved trails. They are located at the North End of Freeman Lake, at the beginning of the John Helm Trail at Helmwood Plaza Shopping Center, or on the downtown Wintersmith Trail. The play area at the Rotary Scout Loop Shelter is also popular.
  • Birders and Wildflower Lovers:
    Pirtle Interpretive Nature Trail Loop, John Helm Trail or the Buffalo Lake Trail.
  • Geo-cachers:
    You will find many of the trails full of ever changing caches. Enjoy!
  • Avid Hikers:
    If you would like a varied, 4-mile loop hike, park at Pritchard Community Center, walk under the US 62 bridge and along the Wintersmith, Haycraft and Cave Spring Trails to the dam at Buffalo Lake. After a rugged 2-mile hike around the perimeter of Buffalo Lake, it is a 1-mile hike back to the starting point.
  • For Shear Natural and Beauty:
    Enter The Banam Shaw Trail at St. John's Road and hike along the By-Pass.