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Nice weather, nice little park
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Mel Bilich Karst Preserve
Miles Hiked: 1.50 Miles Elapsed Time: N/A
I think they renamed the place to West Oaks Karst Preserve according to the kiosks. The trail isn't very long, but it is well groomed. The trail seems to be used by neighborhood folk walking their dogs. I got a phone call from my parents while in the park and ended up chatting with them for about an hour without seeing anyone. Then on the way back, I saw three groups of families or folks with dogs. As for the caves, the fences they used were not really too robust for keeping people out. Maybe dogs and other wildlife. There were gates on the bigger caves, and the sinkhole was really cool because it had an enormous oak tree on it. This hike is short, but it is close to Dick Nichols Park, and there is a nice path around that, and a neighboring path on the other side of the street called "Villages at Western Oaks Hike and Bike Trail."
Area around Mel Bilich Karst Preserve
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