This past weekend, I went and explored The Lost 40 for the first time! Here are some highlights of The Lost 40. The photos show the natural beauty these trails offer.
The trails are filled with bird birding calling and flying high up in the tress. The lost 40 is a great trail for bird watching. The trails have good clearings and a few benches to sit and watch. Also, during our walk we saw butterflies and a small garden snake. Evetime there was noise from a bush we would pause to try and see what type of animal or bug that was hiding in the bushes.
The second you start the hike on the trails there is a sense of serenity. When you look up, you see old pines tower over all of the other trees. It is a fairly easy hike. There are a few hills but, they aren’t too steep. We spent about 2 hours explore the different trails.
Around this time of year there is a good amount of mosquitos and horse flies. I would recommend wearing bug spray and comfortable shoes for the hike. There are some roots that stick up but, the trails are pretty clear and easy to walk through. Lastly, bring a camera and take photos! The pines are a perfect photo op to truly see the size comparison of these 100’s of year old trees.
In 1882, there was a public land survey being done and a total of 40 acers was missed which is now know as The Lost 40. Surveyor’s mistakenly mapped the area as a Coddington Lake. This lake is actually half a mile away from the lost 40 land. The Lost 40 wasn’t re-surveyed until 1960 and was then incorporated to the Big Fork State Park.
There is so much to discover and find in The Lost 40!