Maxwell Off The Beaten Path
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Oatka Park is managed by the county of Monroe as an undeveloped habitat for wildlife and wildflowers. Limited fishing is allowed along the one mile stretch of Oatka Creek that traverses the park lands (see the website below for details and restrictions).
A newly constructed lodge has been installed near the parking area. It holds upto 50 people and has a wood burning stove, an oven, refrigerator and some picnic tables. Water supply and restrooms are located within the structure. It is meant for all-season use and can be rented (call 585-753-7275).
The remainder of the park is wild land with a few underdeveloped trails that go into the woods and fields and can be used for birding and hiking (or trail skiing in the winter).
Birders can see the normal populations of wrens, robins and sparrows of various species and may even spot warblers and tanangers in the brush or a kingfisher along the creek.
For persons out doing field studies, this park is unique in the fact that it is underlayed with strata of Gypsum. Certain trees/bushes such as dogwood and azalea prefer that mineral and can be seen in healthy stands here.
For trail skiers, this park has gentle slopes and narrow trails. It is away from any major traffic flow and therefore is very quiet on a bright winter day.
to get there: entrance is on Union Street
take South Road to Union Street and go north or take North Road (or Scottsville Road) to Union Street and go south and either way it will take you to the park entrance.Related to:
- Road Trip
- Hiking and Walking