This artist’s rendition of the Trail to be constructed along Highway 14 and the Boardwalk across the Big Slough area gives the public a great vision of what the future trail would look like and how it could be used by many different ages. It also has a tower picture that could be used for tourists viewing the Silver lake area that is talked about in the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and for bird watching.
Barett Steenrod, National Park Service Ranger, recently spoke to area residents gathered to learn more about the vision for the Hwy 14 Trail. Phase One plans include a 10 foot wide trail that would extend from the eastern edge of De Smet along Highway 14 to the SD Game, Fish & Parks kiosk area south of De Smet. It would extend east to join the present trail that was constructed several years ago. Plans also include a Baordwalk across the Big slough to the Forest Reserve area. Steenrod has been a consultant on the project for one and one-half years and traveled to De Smet to promote funding for the project.