3-Trails Corridor

Hart Grove Campground

This picturesque valley was the campsite of the infamous 1846 Donner Party…and thousands of other emigrants during the heyday of the overland trail system. Wild game and fish was plentiful in this lush valley system of fords and streams leading into the Big Blue River, unlike much of the arid trip that lay ahead. As travelers moved west, scouts sometimes had to venture more than a mile from the established trails to forage for wild game because the noise and commotion of so many wagon trains moving west day-to-day forced animals to stay clear of hunters.
Thanks to: David W. Jackson

Hart Grove Campground

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History

“Hiram O. Miller, en route west with the infamous Donner party, wrote on May 14, 1846, “Camped at "Heart Grove" Jackson County near the Indian line twenty two miles from Independence on the Big Blue." For miles out of Independence, travelers had been following a series of high hill-side ridge lines. At this point, some diarists mentioned, “coming off the ridge.” Today, Hart Grove is one of many historic trail sites incorporated into a metro-wide, interconnected, 1,273-miles-long hiking, walking and biking, “MetroGreen Regional Greenway System.”
Thanks to: David W. Jackson