Steve Garst Trail

Steve Garst Trail

Steve Garst Trail is Whiterock’s oldest trail, created before the conservancy was founded. Steve Garst Trail connects visitors between Whiterock and Coon Rapids on the other side of the river than Town Loop Trail. Along this trail, you will pass by the Bur Oak Visitor’s Center, an eagle’s nest, a small orchard (free to pick when fruiting!), reconstructed prairie, and several ponds. The Steve Garst trail also passes by the Historic Garst Farmstead and can be connected to Town Loop to create a large loop across the northern section of Whiterock. This well-maintained gravel trail is great for children and beginners and is one of Whiterock’s most accessible trails. Visitors can park at either the Historic Garst Farmstead by the ponds, the Visitors Center, or in Coon Rapids and the trail is flat gravel its entire length. This trail is open to hiking and biking but not equestrian uses (unlike Town Loop). The Steve Garst Trail connects with the Carroll County Trail and Riverside Park in northeastern Coon Rapids.

Type: Hike, Bike

Length: 2.2 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Shade: Partial, a few shaded areas in the northern section of trail. Less shade on the southern half of trail.

Parking/Access: Park at the Bur Oak Visitors Center, Historic Garst Homestead ponds, or in Coon Rapids.

Accessibility: Material: fine gravel and paved. Width: wide. A very flat trail and can be started from multiple parking locations and access points, including in town. Passes the Visitors Center.