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This hike affords an excellent way to explore the Great Cypress Swamp.

This is a relatively short walk, only 1.5 miles round-trip, offers a boardwalk over the wettest portion of the trail. Here you'll have sights of an ecosystem typically found much farther south, a bald cypress swamp. The large conifers emerge from the dark water with tapered bases and roots that protrude above water level with growths referred to as "knees." The knees are what provide air to the trees. Unlike most conifers, these trees shed their leaves hence the term "bald."

The dark moist environment is a haven for birdlife, reptiles and amphibians. It is not unusual to spot a turtle resting on a sunbeam lit log or hear a beautiful warbler singing in the treetops. Yellow-throated and Swainson's warblers are residents of the park.

Beyond the swamp, the trail spills into a woodland graced with 12 different kinds of oak. Within 45 minutes, you'll be back at the trailhead.

Directions: From Laurel, DE, Travel State Route 24 east for 5 miles. Turn right onto County Route 449. Travel one mile to the park entrance. Take Cypress Point Road to the Cypress Point parking area.

Elevation: 5 feet

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Difficulty: Easy

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