Monday, February 20, 2017


Cypress Creek Natural Area and Corbett Wildlife Management Area

For our President's Day hike this year, we returned to Cypress Creek Natural Area and did the longest "blue loop" trail in the northeast section of the area.

We decided that this would be a great place to return with grandchildren. Just about 1/2 mile in there's a little observation platform by a little lake. It might be prettier during the rainy season when there's actually water in the lake.

I'm still intrigued by these knobby cypress knees.

On the other side of the canal which forms the boundary of the natural area we discovered new crops growing. That was a bit unexpected.

We're looking forward to returning and exploring the other loops of the trail.

We returned home via the J. W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area, in order to prepare for future hikes there. We were quite amazed that we hadn't heard of this large part of our county (over 60,000 acres), which actually lies within our ward boundaries. That's probably because there aren't really any facilities to make visits there comfortable. It's basically land set apart for hunting. We'll have to pay attention to the hunting calendar when we plan those future hikes!

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