Distance: 1 Mile - Loop
Trail Material: Dirt
Skill Level: Easy
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Located near the park office, the Deer Trail features a restored prairie which displays many native flowers and grasses.
During summer, the striking wildflower known as Blazing Star attracts a wide variety of swallowtail butterflies, including Eastern Tiger, Spicebush, Giant, Pipevine, and Zebra. Monarchs, Juniper Hairstreaks and Great Spangled Fritillary butterflies are also seen in the prairie. Other interesting insects here include praying mantis, green lynx spider, and clearwing moth, also known as hummingbird moth. The back section of the trail showcases an impressive stand of mature Sassafras trees. Other unique wildflowers here include Rose Pink, Heal-All, Purple-headed Sneezeweed, and Mountain Mint. Note: Beware of significant numbers of ticks on this trail during warm weather months.