Getting away from the rush of everyday life is now as easy as visiting Lake Katherine. Home of 125 acres of water, wooded trails and gardens, this nature preserve soothes the souls of neighboring suburbanites.
Lake Katherine has a 22-acre man-made lake, a mile-long trail and an indoor nature center, offering plenty to do for those looking to relax and spend some time with Mother Nature. Following the trail will lead you up and around various waterfalls that cascade over rock-formations and eventually taper off into the lake. The lake is home to a variety of fish including bluegills, largemouth bass, catfish and black crappie. Once you pass the waterfalls, you can get a little closer to the lake and enjoy the company of a few swans that live there.
The trail is winding, but never tiresome. Keep your eyes peeled for the "lover's tree" into whose bark couples etch their initials. Further on you'll pass the nature center, which lends itself to field trips, wedding parties or simply visits from curious people like yourself. Follow the trail further and you'll pass the butterfly garden, where you can see butterflies and dragonflies.
Lake Katherine opens at dawn and closes at dusk, leaving plenty of time for a lazy afternoon of bird watching, or an early-evening stroll. The lake is dog-friendly, so bring your pup to roam the bank and sniff around the trails.
Centerstage Reviewer: Jill Kozak