Dust off your hiking boots this fall and sense of adventure as you uncover one of Hamilton County's largest parks! History has been uncovered everywhere in Strawtown Koteewi Park, and the beautiful grounds are open for exploring. There are plenty of opportunities to learn about the artifacts that have been found.
There are miles of trails for every kind of activity spread out over the 750 acres. Hike or ride a bike through the nature trails, or saddle up and try out the equestrian trails. If you prefer a more structured walk, sign up for a bird-watching tour or a narrated nature hike. Bring your pets with you on the trails, and learn about the animals that exist today or the ones that interacted with the early villagers.
Another feature of the park is the canoe launch, where you can rent a canoe and take a ride down the White River. Enjoy the ride just for the beauty of the river, or grab some fishing poles and catch some fish. The scenery is gorgeous, so you might find yourself spending hours just soaking in the scenes. Whether you come in the fall and delight in colored leaves, you come in the spring for the lovely flowers, or you come in the summer and spy all the wildlife among the canopies, the White River is home to amazing views.
The new history center offers programs and activities for even more learning. Open daily, the center showcases archaeology research, programs about the history and environment of the park, and an artifact curation lab. On display are pieces of pottery, arrowheads, and animal bones (evidences of the inhabitants' dinner). The guides will also give a tour of the Native American village that used to inhabit the area. During the tour, you will learn about the uncovered artifacts and the discoveries that were made about life in the village.
Be on the lookout for new additions to the park's already extensive offerings too. A new archeology dig area, Native American outdoor exhibits and an archery range are all in the works to be available soon. Follow Hamilton County Parks on Twitter for the latest project updates.
There is so much to discover and learn at Strawtown Koteewi Park!