Seasonal Trails

Cross-country skiing

When the ground is snow covered, we invite you to snowshoe or cross-country ski the Savanna Loop Ski Trail, a 2-mile loop along internal sand roads. These trails are open to public access only in the winter; during the rest of the year they are used for research and are therefore closed to hikers unless otherwise marked. The trail may or may not be groomed depending on staff availability.

Oak Savanna Trail 

The Oak Savanna Trail is a seasonal trail that opens on June 1, 2024. This 1-mile (one way) trail extension heading south from Fish Lake is open to the public daily in the summer, sunrise to sunset. It leads, via sand roads, to the a viewing gazebo, great for birdwatching.

NOTE: The seasonal bison herd will not be visiting Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in summer 2024. This is not a permanent end to the bison program, but a brief pause while lead researcher Forest Isbell is on sabbatical. We’ll be using this time to look into new funding and partnership opportunities, and to assess what has been learned so far connected to the project.