Town - Steve Garst Loop
A 5.5 mile paved/gravel loop through town. Great for hiking for biking.
Total Length: 5.5 miles
Trails included: Steve Garst Trail, Town Loop Trail, small section of Main Loop
Type: Hike, Bike
Shade: Mostly unshaded
Parking: Bur Oak Visitor Center, Historic Garst Farmstead, Coon Rapids
This loop covers the upper northwest section of Whiterock Conservancy, including the Bur Oak Visitor Center, Historic Garst Farmstead, as well as Main Street Coon Rapids. The total distance is the same from any of the parking locations. In this loop, you will see all the best features of both the Steve Garst and Town Loop trails: the eagle’s nest, the community orchard (feel free to pick a snack on your trip), fishing ponds, and a variety of land uses including prairie, agricultural fields, grazing areas and wetlands. Steve Garst and Town Loop trails are well-maintained paved and limestone aggregate trails. The trail loop is well suited for a long easy walk, as this loop includes two Whiterock’s most accessible trails. Please note the section of Main Loop Trail where these Town and Steve Garst connects via a damaged bridge. The bridge is still accessible to foot traffic but please use caution when crossing.
Material: crushed limestone and pavement (sidewalk and paved trail).
This trail is mostly flat and can be easily accessed from multiple points along its length, including: the Visitors Center, Historic Garst Farmstead, and in Coon Rapids. The southern section of Town Loop trail has two moderate inclines. The crossover point for the two trails is in Coon Rapids, there are signs for the trails in either direction. To connect the trails to the south, use the Main Loop Trail (use caution on bridge crossing). Both trails utilize underpasses to cross Hwy 141. Overall, this loop is the most accessible at Whiterock.