Friday, August 12, 2011
Edgewood's short but lovely urban nature walk
Edgewood College's walk along Lake Wingra isn't very long, but it's as nice a nature walk as any in the city -- ranging from a boardwalk surrounded by cattails waving in the wind to cool, shaded paths that wind along the lake.
Starting at the parking lot in the northwest corner of Vilas Park, the walk is only a 1.14-mile roundtrip. Nothing, really. But the variety of surfaces -- stretches of boardwalk alternate with a constantly changing wood chip path -- are great for your joints, giving a nice, gentle whole body workout in a short period of time. And there's a great variety of natural features to observe, ranging from an open wetland observation deck deck surrounded by cattails to shaded paths surrounded by trees, wildflowers and woodland plants.