Things to see and do at this stop:
This trail traverses an interesting but poorly-drained area that was long inaccessible to visitors. If you look at the trail map you can see that it is entirely outlined by boardwalks. In the years before the boardwalks were built, it stood water about as often as not. Since those of the Winding Trail were built in the winter of 1995, it has remained relatively dry. In fact, during the 1998-2000 drought more than half of the area's trees died, including a grove of mature sweet gums. Survivors are mostly water oaks and post oaks.
However, there still is not much undergrowth because of the combination of shade and wet, heavy soil – there are plants that tolerate shade and plants that tolerate poor drainage, but few that tolerate both. But some of those are quite nice, indeed. For example, about half-way down this boardwalk on your left, is a very nice deciduous holly, or possum haw. A close relative of yaupon, this plant bears tufts of elongated leaves that are dropped every winter, leaving rows of red-orange berries lining white-barked branches.
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