Enjoy the short 0.47-mile hike to view one of the oldest longleaf pines in this forest. Along your journey, you will walk through a mixed pine-hardwood forest that is home to longleaf pine, Virginia pine, loblolly pine, overcup oak, blackjack oak, chestnut oak, maple, sweetgum, and others. Canebreaks are also present on some of the more moist slopes. This forest structure is the result of the former presence of the Kaul Lumber Company, which harvested timber from this area from 1937 to 2008. When compared to other longleaf pine stands that are more open, this dense understory is not as suitable for RCW habitat.
Birds You May See in the Area:
Year-round: Wild Turkeys, Red-shouldered Hawks, Barred Owls, Red-bellied and Pileated woodpeckers, and Brown-headed Nuthatches.
Spring and Fall: Tennessee Warblers, American Redstarts, Magnolia and Chestnut-sided warblers, and Scarlet Tanagers.
Summer: Broad-winged Hawks, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Acadian and Great Crested flycatchers, White-eyed and Red-eyed vireos, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Black-and-white Warblers, Wood Thrushes, Worm-eating Warblers, Louisiana Waterthrushes, Swainson’s and Kentucky warblers, and Summer and Scarlet tanagers.
Winter: Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Winter Wrens, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned kinglets, Cedar Waxwings, and Palm and Yellow-rumped warblers.