Most WCPARC parks have trails providing places to hike, walk, jog and enjoy the beauty of nature. Because of the disturbance to wildlife and nature programs, recreational/exercise jogging is not allowed on paths labeled as Nature Trails.
Independence Lake offers a paved multi-use path as well as nature trails. The scenic paved path passes through wooded areas, traverses marshes, and follows the edge of the lake. The paved path is approximately two miles in length and is great for jogging, walking, riding or rollerblading.
More than three miles of trails take you through wetlands, woodlots and prairie areas with rare plant species, offer great birding opportunities. A special place to visit on your hike is the observation tower that overlooks a scenic wetland offering great views of wildlife. The park offers something for everyone who loves nature.
Meri Lou Murray Recreation Building
Length: 12 laps per mile
Jogging is offered at the Recreation Center on the 1/12th mile track. The track is closed from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday for cleaning. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when on the track.