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Shoal Creek Flood 2015

Historic flooding impacted the lower portions of the Wildcat Glades area, causing extensive trail damage.

On December 26th-28th, we witnessed historic flooding impact the Four State Area. Shoal Creek, a tributary of Spring River that runs through Wildcat Park, shattered previous flood records of 18.81 feet by cresting at 23.4 feet.

As a non-profit organization, we need everyone's help in helping us rebuild and replace what we lost. Any funds raised will be utilized in building new Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes, replacing signs and picnic tables, and going toward fixing the Center's trails. We estimate repairs to cost nearly $50,000. With your help, we can rebuild our ADA accessible trail system and recreational areas so everyone can enjoy nature's beauty. 

With your help, we can rebuild our ADA accessible trail system and recreational areas so everyone can enjoy nature. Click here to help us today! 

Shoal Creek shattered previous flood records of 18.81 feet by cresting at 23.4 feet. The water finally crested at the roof of the Creek Pavilion, pictured here. Photo: John Greenwood
Prior to the flood, the Woodland Loop Trail was 30 feet from the bank of Shoal Creek. Portions of the trail were completely swept away by floodwater after the riverbank eroded away. Photo: Tara Danner
Over 75 yards of the Woodland Loop Trail were obliterated by floodwaters and are unusable. This trail is crucial to the Center's educational programs as well as an ADA accessible trail for visitors. Photo: John Greenwood
Asphalt from the Woodland Loop Trail intertwined with tree and debris from Shoal Creek. Photo: Tara Danner
Numerous trees along the Wildcat Glades' trail system were damaged and/or destroyed. Photo: Tara Danner
Wildcat Glades' is part of an international study of Prothonotary Warblers. Of the 25 nest boxes at Wildcat Glades, 23 were destroyed or washed away in floodwaters. Photo: Tara Danner
A fun, interactive series of outdoor games, the Born Learning Trail helps adults and young children explore and learn together. A portion of the trail was swept away and is no longer usable by children and families. Photo: John Greenwood
The flood washed all of the picnic tables from the Creek Pavilion. This area is commonly used by school groups and Wildcat Glades' visitors. Photo: Tara Danner

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