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Field Trip to Canyon Rim

January 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Bigleaf Witch-Hazel
The Canyon Rim Woodlands Trail in Newton County is so named because in places the trail is constructed around a canyon with up to 40 foot embankments graced by beech, southern magnolia and loblolly pines. The botanist will enjoy seeing the rare Bigleaf Witch-Hazel, Hamamelis ovalis, whose winter blooms come in shades of red, orange and pink. The birder in you will appreciate that this is one of the sites on the Big Thicket Loop of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail known for Black and White Warblers, Louisiana Waterthrush, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Yellow-throated Vireo, and Red-eyed Vireo. The archeologists among us will appreciate the old logging road last used by mule and ox-drawn wagons about a century ago, a cannon range used by Fort Polk trainees during World War II, and a turpentine face used by collectors of turpentine in the 1920s.
The entire trail is about 1.6 miles, breaking off into easy, moderate and more challenging terrain. Keith Stephens and Lori Horne, our field trip guides, will determine our route. Meet no later than 2 pm in Mayflower at the corner of State Highway 87 and Recreation Road 255 (south of Hemphill, north of Burkeville) on January 19. We will caravan from there about 1.5 miles further north to the parking area.


January 19
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm