Choose this 0.74 mile hike along the scenic longleaf ridge, and you’ll be rewarded with flora and fauna from the best of both worlds—the scenic longleaf ridges and the diverse hardwood bottoms. Carefully make your way through the well-managed longleaf habitat and notice the change in the landscape as you descend. The trail terminates at a beaver pond at the base of the ridge. This area offers birders the perfect chance to see wetland species.
Birds You May See in the Area:
Year-round: Wild Turkeys, Barred Owls, Eastern Screech-owls, Red-bellied and Downy woodpeckers, Chipping Sparrows, and Wood Ducks.
Spring and Fall: Swainson’s Thrushes; Golden-winged, Blue-winged, and Tennessee warblers; American Redstarts; Scarlet Tanagers, and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.
Summer: Green and Great Blue herons, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Common Nighthawks, Chuck-will’s-widows, Eastern Whip-poor-wills, Acadian Flycatchers, Eastern Kingbirds, White-eyed Vireos, Wood Thrushes, Louisiana Waterthrushes, Kentucky and Hooded warblers, American Redstarts, Northern Parulas, Blackpoll and Yellow-throated warblers, and Summer and Scarlet tanagers.
Winter: Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Brown Creepers, Winter Wrens, Hermit Thrushes, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Song and Swamp sparrows.
Next —- > Proceed 0.71 miles along FS 745 to the next interpretive site on the right at FS 745A.