The linear trail program utilizes areas adjacent to creeks and rivers that are generally part of a flood-
plain. They are wide, paved, multiuse trails and usually are out-and-back. Many of the segments have
been connected, creating an opportunity to hike for a full day.
Start at the Buddy Calk trailhead near the shelter and water fountain. The trailhead is delineated by a
group of boulders and small rocks bordered by a concrete ledge. Go under some power lines and pass
a jeep maintenance road on the right. Continue following the sidewalk trail south. Residences may be
seen over a fence about 150 feet on the left. The right side has woods. Leon Creek cannot be seen but
is to the right.
In less than 0.3 mile reach the Earl Scott Pond. This is a large pond, and signs are posted stating that
it has strong currents and swimming is not allowed. It is lined by willows and other trees, and there is a
small beach area, suitable for picnics and wildlife watching. Several other paths lead down to the
pond. Turtles may be seen sunning themselves on logs in the water. They usually slide into the water
upon sensing vibrations from hikers walking. Watch for white-tailed deer in the early morning or
around dusk. The edge of the pond is a good place to look for animal tracks. This is also a favorite spot
for birds, especially in the woods on the west side.
Continue following the trail generally south around and past the pond. The residences on the left
side of the trail are now closer and create some distraction. The tree canopy is open, and power lines
from the Parkwood Subdivision cross overhead. Pass a trail marker post on the right indicating O. P.
Schnabel Park down the trail, while the left side has a concrete rest area. The rest area has an exit to
the street and is to be used in the event of flash flooding.
The trail slopes slightly down and passes a concrete wall, about 18 inches high and 8 inches wide,
on the left. It is suitable to sit on but is in the sun. Continue a short distance toward the Prue Road
bridge, then backtrack to the trailhead. Those looking for more exercise can continue following the
trail past Prue Road for several miles until it reaches O. P. Schnabel Park.