The 1.9 mile starts across Wabasha County 2 at the wayside rest on Hwy 61. The trail features a tree lined path with an elevated boardwalk when needed if during spring flooding, a bridge crossing a woodland pond and a shelter as you reach the waters of Lake Pepin.
The WLP group walked the forest trail and along the beach to the end of the point. This is a popular trail for birding, hiking, and walking, and the sandy beach along the point is a favorite place for boaters to spend the afternoon.
Prior to the walk, WLP organizer. Patty Svien shared some of the interesting health benefits provided by a walking in nature and woodlands that scientists are just beginning to understand.
Research in the benefits of being in nature shows that tree emit phytocides that benefit humans who spend time in woodlands. These compounds are believed to act as anti-inflammatory agents and have been shown to reduce stress hormones and improve immunity. https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/ss/slideshow-cardio-exercise-good-for-more-than-heart
The Sand Point Trail, Frontenac State Park and Hok-si-la Park are all perfect locations to get the benefits of a walk in the woods.
The August 10th WLP group walk will be along the prairie in Frontenac State Park behind the Villa Maria. The group will gather again at the way side rest at Hwy 61 and Goodhue County 2 and carpool to the trail head at 6:30 on August 10.
Questions? Contact Patty Svien at 345-4383.