Spring Hike (“Mud Walk”) at Pawling Nature Reserve
Meet at the Sprague Road entrance to Pawling Nature Preserve before the hike begins at 9:00 AM. The hike will last 3 to 4 hours. Dress for the weather and wear good hiking shoes/boots as the trails could be muddy from the spring thaw. Bring your own drinks and snacks. No dogs allowed. Practice good prevention against tick bites (repellents, light-coloured clothing, long sleeves, trouser legs tucked into socks). Sunday April 10, 2022 at 9 a.m. Rain date: April 17 (Easter)
Strong points: Second growth oak forest dominates, accompanied by swamps, red maple groves, fields and hemlock forests. Along the sides of the gorge you will see unusual plants such as walking fern, maidenhair spleenwort and hobblebush. Other rare plant species include devil’s bit, cockle gentian, yellow wild flax, scarlet Indian paintbrush and Bicknell’s sedge. Twelve species of amphibians, including 6 species of salamanders and 5 species of frogs, breed there. At least 77 bird species use the area for nesting or feeding, including Hermit Thrush, Black-throated Warbler, Wren Wren, Blue-grey Gnatcatcher and Acadian Flycatcher
Suggested donation: $5/person
Directions: The Orange Trail entrance is at the intersection of Furlong and Sprague Roads in Wingdale.
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