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My Idaho: Cleo's Nature Trail in Melba is a sight to see

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Posted at 6:06 PM, Apr 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-05 10:53:14-04

BOISE, Idaho — Tucked along the Snake River just south of Melba is a place, unlike any other place you've ever seen. Cleo's Nature Trail features statues of children and angels, homemade birdhouses, fish mailboxes, a rainbow and even a Rhino.

Cleo Swayne loved to collect things and in 1976 after her husband passed away, she made a nature trail on the family's 100 acres on the banks of the river. Her collection is unmatched.

While you're there, you can see Mark Twain, Abe Lincoln, William Shakespeare, Albert Einstein and Ben Franklin watching the river flow. If you think you saw a rhino on the trail, you should take a second look as there is also an elephant, giraffe and a zebra. There is also a moving display at Cleo's Nature Trail of a children's band and kids playing baseball.

Cleo's family now runs the property, and they encourage everyone to stop in for a visit, take a peaceful walk, and read the inspirational messages. You should also watch for the two dozen peacocks that roam the property.

Cleo's Nature Trail is located right before you go over the bridge on the way to Murphy, just pull into Dan's Ferry Service and follow the signs.