The Woods Trail is a short half-mile hike into a loblolly pine forest where the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel finds prime habitat. Once inhabiting regions in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and perhaps beyond, today it is found only in a few localities on the Eastern Shore. Common on the refuge, it is occasionally observed in these woods. In addition to keeping an eye out for the fox squirrel, look for the pileated woodpecker. If it flies by, you'll be thrilled. Sometimes they fly only 10 feet off the ground and frequently pound on old stumps at ground level. These large birds average 17" with a sizable red crest, black and white neck stripes, conspicuous white wing linings and make a loud ringing call. They too, enjoy the loblolly pine forest. With a canopy of shade, most visitors find this a pleasant and easy hike anytime of the day.
Directions: From Cambridge, MD, Travel U.S. Highway 50, turning south onto Route 16. Follow Route 16 about 7 miles to Church Creek and turn south on Route 335. Follow Route 335 about 4 miles and turn east on Key Wallace Drive. The visitor center is about 1 mile from the intersection and the headquarters / Wildlife Drive is 1 mile past the visitor center. Stay on Wildlife Drive winding to the right bypassing several impoundments on the right. In about half mile is trailhead parking for Woods Trail. Various directional signs are located along the route.
Elevation: 5 feet
Elevation Gain: Minimal
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