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LMQC’s outdoor bloggers, Teri Stickler and Kaia, explore the trails at Dewitt’s Westbrook Park, and find fun for all ages and interests (and dogs)!

By Teri Stickler and her Samoyed, Kaia

Have you ever wanted to just get out in nature and relax? Find a good spot, settle against a grand tree, and pull out a good book to read? Or maybe you’ve brought with you your best little friends, and you want to share with them, teach them of precious places and destinations to roam, be that in faraway lands or close to home.

LMQC Outdoor Blogger, Teri Stickler, and her faithful companion, Kaia, explore the Westbrook Park book trail and more when they road trip to Dewitt, Iowa.

Westbrook Park has just the thing to make that happen. It is called the Library Story Walk, and Kaia and I just had to try it out.

The tale of the trail …

The Library Story Walk is provided by the DeWitt Community Library.

This unique and exciting feature leads the reader along a paved walking path, across the Silver Creek bridge, and through the woods. There are postings every so often, with each open to the next page in the featured book. When we first discovered this fun experience, I read the introduction to myself, then told Kaia, “This will be fun!” And we walked on until we came to the next stop, where, of course, I began to read the story aloud.

I’m not real certain Kaia was quite into this new experience right away, as there were smells in the air and leaves rustling about and a creek drawing her attention, but as we tend to do, I read on, each stop putting a little more animation in my interpretation as I relayed this month’s appropriately featured book, At The Old Haunted House by Katherine Ketteman. The lilt of the rhyme put a spring in my step and aroused some extra enthusiasm from my furry friend.

More to do than just reading and hiking

Oh, and it should be mentioned that along this same walking trail was featured a Healthbeat Outdoor Fitness System offering a wide variety of exercise stops along the way. Of course, Kaia was not at all interested in structured exercising, but I did step up to use several of the pieces provided.

Additionally, the park provides an 18-hole Disc Golf course, and it too intersects various places with the Library Walk Trail. But that’s not all. Also, further along the trail is a Butterfly Garden. Granted, we came pretty much at the tail end of the season for flowers and butterflies, but it is just another wonderful feature to enjoy, whether traveling alone or with friends young and young at heart.

Westbrook Park is DeWitt’s largest park, taking in approximately 100 acres. It is located off 11st Street, just west of the city. The land was acquired in 1968 and has been developed into a real gem for the city and for all who come to enjoy.

Westbrook Park has it all

This park covers all the bases. There are four picnic shelters, playground areas, two modern public restrooms, baseball and softball diamonds, a dog park for both small and large dogs, and trails for walkers, joggers, and bicycles. In fact, the trail system is quite extensive, offering paved and singletrack trails and biking trails for beginner, intermediate and advanced bikers. The trails are nicely marked, though I will say Kaia and I did take quite a long walk on one of the paths through the woods, and for a while, I was not sure whether we’d have to turn around and backtrack to get back to the car, or if we should just keep going.

Needless to say, we just kept going, and all worked out just fine.

How to get there: Take U.S. Hwy 61 north to exit 311B. Turn right on 11st Street, then right on Westbrook Drive.

Helpful Links:

More information about DeWitt’s Parks

Information about Westbrook’s Mountain Bike Trail

How to find Westbrook’s Butterfly Garden

Disc Golf Map and Sign-up Page

Check out Teri and Kaia’s pictures from their most recent adventure …

By Teri Stickler and her Samoyed, Kaia

Have you ever wanted to just get out in nature and relax? Find a good spot, settle against a grand tree, and pull out a good book to read? Or maybe you’ve brought with you your best little friends, and you want to share with them, teach them of precious places and destinations to roam, be that in faraway lands or close to home.

LMQC Outdoor Blogger, Teri Stickler, and her faithful companion, Kaia, explore the Westbrook Park book trail and more when they road trip to Dewitt, Iowa.

Westbrook Park has just the thing to make that happen. It is called the Library Story Walk, and Kaia and I just had to try it out.

The tale of the trail …

The Library Story Walk is provided by the DeWitt Community Library.

This unique and exciting feature leads the reader along a paved walking path, across the Silver Creek bridge, and through the woods. There are postings every so often, with each open to the next page in the featured book. When we first discovered this fun experience, I read the introduction to myself, then told Kaia, “This will be fun!” And we walked on until we came to the next stop, where, of course, I began to read the story aloud.

I’m not real certain Kaia was quite into this new experience right away, as there were smells in the air and leaves rustling about and a creek drawing her attention, but as we tend to do, I read on, each stop putting a little more animation in my interpretation as I relayed this month’s appropriately featured book, At The Old Haunted House by Katherine Ketteman. The lilt of the rhyme put a spring in my step and aroused some extra enthusiasm from my furry friend.

More to do than just reading and hiking

Oh, and it should be mentioned that along this same walking trail was featured a Healthbeat Outdoor Fitness System offering a wide variety of exercise stops along the way. Of course, Kaia was not at all interested in structured exercising, but I did step up to use several of the pieces provided.

Additionally, the park provides an 18-hole Disc Golf course, and it too intersects various places with the Library Walk Trail. But that’s not all. Also, further along the trail is a Butterfly Garden. Granted, we came pretty much at the tail end of the season for flowers and butterflies, but it is just another wonderful feature to enjoy, whether traveling alone or with friends young and young at heart.

Westbrook Park is DeWitt’s largest park, taking in approximately 100 acres. It is located off 11st Street, just west of the city. The land was acquired in 1968 and has been developed into a real gem for the city and for all who come to enjoy.

Westbrook Park has it all

This park covers all the bases. There are four picnic shelters, playground areas, two modern public restrooms, baseball and softball diamonds, a dog park for both small and large dogs, and trails for walkers, joggers, and bicycles. In fact, the trail system is quite extensive, offering paved and singletrack trails and biking trails for beginner, intermediate and advanced bikers. The trails are nicely marked, though I will say Kaia and I did take quite a long walk on one of the paths through the woods, and for a while, I was not sure whether we’d have to turn around and backtrack to get back to the car, or if we should just keep going.

Needless to say, we just kept going, and all worked out just fine.

How to get there: Take U.S. Hwy 61 north to exit 311B. Turn right on 11st Street, then right on Westbrook Drive.

Helpful Links:

More information about DeWitt’s Parks

Information about Westbrook’s Mountain Bike Trail

How to find Westbrook’s Butterfly Garden

Disc Golf Map and Sign-up Page

Check out Teri and Kaia’s pictures from their most recent adventure …

Teri Stickler

Teri Stickler

Outdoor Blogger and Co-Adventurer

Meet Teri Stickler. Teri is a retired Quad-City teacher. She thoroughly enjoys the out-of-doors, sharing most of her adventures with her Samoyed companion, Kaia.