This is a guided walk with 3 different walking speed groups to allow for everyone to participate and enjoy the walk. Open to the public - good for walkers of all ages. Everyone is a winner! Non-competitive.
Registration site: Trail Center.
Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Announcements at 9:45. The Scooters (see walk group definitions below) faster group will start at approximately 10 with the slower Scooters starting 5-10 minutes later. The Batsouttahell will start at approximately 10:15 and the Shufflers at 10:45 a.m. Note: Late arrivals will have to wait for the Scooters to return and join them on their second loop, or join the Shufflers 5km group.
Award: Blandage Turtle leather pin.
Cost: Award, $8; IVV?event book credit, $3; walk only, $2. Pre-registration for award is recommended: deadline is September 30. Awards can be reordered with $1.50 additional charge for postage/packing. No refunds for no shows.
Trail details and rating: Two 5km loops, mainly smooth, packed dirt, few leaves, vies of lakes and sloughs.
Group walk definitions
The Shufflers — This group will do just one loop for 5km and is the slow walking group that will stop at the top of hills to catch their breath, wait for pictures to be taken, and generally take their time and “smell the autumn leaves.”
The Scooters — This group will be divided into faster and slower groups leaving about 5 minutes apart. The group will move along at a pretty average pace. It will stop when group members feel a need and will definitely not be breaking any speed laws.
The Batsouttahell — This is the fast group who may stop to read a marker or take a picture, but basically are very fast walkers.
Walkers are encouraged to walk with the group most closely resembling their style and ability of walking. We want our group walks to be fun for everyone!
This is a guided walk and according to AVA policies, all walkers must walk in a group with a group leader. No exceptions can be made as walkers on their own could represent a liability to NSTT and AVA if they are injured on the trail.
Additional Date Information: Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Trail Center and groups will begin going out from 10 a.m. and on. This is a guided walk and all walkers must walk in a group with a group leader.
the park may be reached from the south via I-94 (exit 193) at Hwy 25, south to Chelsea Rd. to Hwy 39 west and Wright County Rd., 111, or from the north via I-94 (exit 183) to Hwy 8, County Road 39 and County Road 111.