excerpted from parkway web site in
New account by Melinda Droege coming soon!
Whether you start from the
Johnstone Park entrance in downtown Bartlesville, from Sooner Park on
the east side of the City, or any of many other entrances, you are in
for a treat when exploring the Pathfinder. Its 12 miles of trail wander
through the deepest woods, along a river -all right through the middle
of town! From Johnstone Park the Path follows the Caney River and passes
by the City's water treatment plant, past the Girl's Softball field and
then dips under two highway bridges, all the time winding through deep
woods. Instantly you'll feel you are miles from any town. Look closely,
because hidden in these woods are plentiful deer, raccoons, beaver,
rabbits, opossums, fox, coyotes and skunks!
Section of Parkway
A walk along the
Pathfinder can be a revitalizing experience for those stressed by their
busy lives. In the quiet woods, bird's songs and nature envelope you,
and tranquility can permeate your mind! And notice, some travelers on
the Path are using it to get from one section of Bartlesville to another
-avoiding ALL traffic!
In 1996, the
Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center in Bartlesville proposed a Bird
Trail be added to a portion of the Pathfinder Parkway. The trail started
with the addition of two entrance signs, one at Jo Allyn Lowe Park, and
the other at the Pathfinder access point behind the Senior High School,
known as the Jackson Tract.
Sign on Bird Trail
Phillips Petroleum then
donated $19,400 for the cost of ten signs that were placed at selected
locations between those two points. Sutton Avian Research created the
signs, identifying birds that could actually be seen and heard on the
Path. Take your binoculars and walk slow!