Hays-Dr. Howard Reynolds Nature Trail
This is the newest trail system of the various hiking and fitness trails in Hays. It was dedicated on August 13, 2011 with a ceremony that recognized Dr. Howard Reynolds, a retired professor of biological sciences at Fort Hays State University. The two miles of nature trails, located just west of the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, wind through a 22 acre outdoor classroom. One of the highlights of the trail is Chetolah Creek that meanders through the western portion of the trail and also forms two small ponds. The trail provides a natural environmental setting with an amphitheater, footbridge and native trees, flowers and shrubs. Some portions of the trail follow the creek and some areas are out in the wide open grass fields and through the rolling hilly areas. The trail was named for Dr. Reynolds who was the curator of the Sternberg Musuem of Natural History's herbarium from 1957 to 1982.