Sun Mar 19, 2:00 PM - Sun Mar 19, 4:00 PM
5094 Old Oxford Rd, Durham, NC 27712, United States, Durham, NC 27712

Community: Durham


2 mile guided hike in the bend of the Flat River in Durham. The hike is not on a defined trail, but the terrain is fairly flat with some vegetation.

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The destination is a section of alluvial levee forest in the bend of the Flat River.

The hike starts and ends along the gravel access roads of the food plot sub-impoundments in the floodplain of the Flat River above Falls Lake. We will walk about a half of a mile before entering the woods.

Once in the woods there is no defined trail, but the terrain is relatively flat and the vegetation will be growing in and we will do a bit of bushwhacking.

This site is one of the significant natural heritage sites recorded on Corps of Engineers land at Falls Lake. The shrub layer consists of spicebush, pawpaw, and painted buckeye, which will be in various stages of flowering.

The forest also boasts one of the more expansive populations of Dutchman's breeches and False Rue-anemone in the region. Wear sturdy shoes and long pants, and bring gloves if you are inclined to pull out any invasive Chinese privet seedlings we are likely to encounter.

During the hike we’ll talk at length about the bedrock geology, soils and soil chemistry, geomorphology and fluvial processes, and cultural history of the site, which also happens to straddle the Indian Trading Path where it crosses the Flat at a natural ford.

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