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.

A Short but Lovely Urban Nature WalkStarting 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.

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