During the period I spent trying to outwit the animals (mostly deer) and succeed in growing something on the land, I built a 'Nature Trail' that wound throughout the property. I gave names to sections of the trail such as East Beds, The Loop, Shady Lane. It was a satisfying endeavor even though it was exhausting work. I spread landscape fabric and hauled in loads of mulch for the trail. It looked wonderful. I planted many plants. They looked wonderful. Two things happened: the deer found the trail and its plants; and the flood rains found the trail. The mulch ended up in the river and the plants ended up in the deer. I put a fence around it all and I replaced the mulch with gravel. You can see an aerial view of the property and the trail marked in green . Close the popup window to return here forsome pictures of this 1,500 foot trail on my two acres. Best start is Deckside and then follow the sequence.