The Galpin Nature Trail is a small, neighborhood, nature trail that is located on Edison Drive across the street from the back side of the Milan Cemetery. In fact, this trail is maintained by the Cemetery Association, and, apparently, the concept is to do as little as possible to disturb nature. For example, if a tree falls on the trail area, it is not removed but rather the trunk is sawed away from the trail or chipped out at the point that the tree crosses the path so that the person walking on the trail has to actually step on or over the tree trunk. Needless to say, this is can be difficult for elderly people walking the trail, and the problem is compounded because where the tree crossing is located directly beside a ravine which is shown below. So if you should happen to stumble here there’s a chance you could roll down the hillside.
The trail itself is compacted earth that circles around the outer fringe of the park and there are smaller paths that break off the main trail and lead back to the entrance area. The trail is narrow but enjoyable to walk and gives the visitor a nice view of the forested area of the park and the valley that runs beside the cemetery. The trail is generally elderly-friendly except for the fallen tree obstacle which you can avoid by taking the center park trails back to the entrance. As with all nature trails, there are tree roots and minor obstacles on the trails so I advise walking seniors to carry a walking stick or cane to avoid potential problems. It takes about 15 minutes to leisurely walk the outer trail and shorter times if you cut through the park on the center trails. I would not attempt to power walk or jog on this trail. I have no idea where a visitor is supposed to park. The entrance to the trail has room for perhaps three cars in the grass area in front of the entrance but it’s not designated as a parking area and it could be a problem in wet weather. I suppose you could also park across the street on the grass of the cemetery property but the entrance to the park is located on a curve in the road and cars do speed down this road so use caution if crossing the road.
No restroom facilities.
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