A few new hiking trails in north central Kansas will soon be open to the public. Kansas Audubon will open new hiking trails at the wildlife-friendly Achterberg Demonstration Farm during a groundbreaking event Monday morning. At the event, Audubon of Kansas (AOK) will unveil a new hiking trail at the Achterberg Wildlife-Friendly Demonstration Farm near Lincoln.
The organization says the public is invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony and the tour. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and meet at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26 at the trailhead located on 170th Ave, 0.5 mile north of the intersection with E Iron Dr. in Lincoln County.
“AOK is thrilled to share this unique property and its abundant wildlife with the public,” said AOK Executive Director Jackie Augustine.
The one-mile trail consists of two loops. The first loop passes through the ruins of an old farm including a chicken coop and the foundations of a house and a dairy. The trail then winds around a reestablished prairie while weaving through a wooded riparian forest. Hikers will enjoy excellent views of the horseshoe bends of Bullfoot Creek as it cuts through the property. The second loop circles another prairie restoration, but also enters a larger wooded area where Bullfoot and Horse creeks meet. The area abounds with wildflowers, insects, birds, deer and other wildlife, including the Northern Bobwhite, a favorite bird of the sanctuary’s namesake, Connie Achterberg.
The wildlife-friendly Connie Achterberg Demonstration Farm was established in 2014 when it was donated to AOK. On September 11, 2022, volunteers from AOK, Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever Women on the Wing, and Sterling College created the hiking trail. The Kansas Trails Council provided expertise and equipment through its “Trail in a Box” program. Fallen trees, woody brush and grasses had to be removed to establish the trail.