Summer Stroll on the EcoWalk Trail
Celebrate the beginning of summer on National Trails Day by taking a Summer Stroll on the Eco Walk Trail! This 2.2 mile loop trail is the perfect place to kick off your active summer! The trail meanders through several different habitats, so you’ll see lots of different plants and animals along the way. There are benches where you can sit quietly and contemplate the natural beauty. You can hike past a spring, freshwater wetlands, creeks, a pond, and upland habitats such as hammocks with astounding grandfather oaks. Will you see bluebirds feeding their young in the meadow? Or an alligator sunning himself? Come and see for yourself!
Begin your self-guided walk at 8 when the gate opens, or sleep in on this Saturday morning and start a bit later. Knowledgeable volunteers will be on the trail until noon to answer any questions you might have as you walk the loop at your own pace. The trail is open daily from 8 until sunset, but the volunteers will be there to provide information and freebies that morning only.
This is a GREAT hike for families! Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Well-behaved dogs are welcome, but must remain on a hand-held leash shorter than 6 feet.
Words of advice: Wear comfortable, close-toed shoes. Bring water and a snack. Bring/wear insect repellent and sun protection.
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