An open understory invites sightings of Bachman's sparrows, pine warblers, brown-headed nuthatches, tiny downy woodpeckers and the sometimes-noisy pileated woodpecker. These large woodpeckers create a thunderous hammering and flicker-like call. This crow-sized bird (17") is not only seen effortlessly swooping from tree to tree, but also seen near ground level hammering away on dead tree stumps.
Late spring and early fall are good times for bird watching and a good time to view the area's beautiful display of wildflowers. Be sure to notice the profusion of wildflowers including skullcap, Harper's beauty, candyweed, meadow beauty, orchids, and several varieties of pitcher plants.
Oftentimes dawn and dusk drives afford sights of white-tailed deer, raccoon, and wild turkey. Black bear, bobcats, and gray fox thrive in the region, but are seldom seen. Alligators and fox squirrels are common sights.
Elevation: 5 - 10 Feet
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Directions: From Bristol, FL, Travel south about 12 miles on State Road 12 to intersection with County Road 379. Loop begins and ends here.
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