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Hiking Jennings State Forest

  • Mar 9, 2013 · 8:30 AM

There are more than 15 different natural biological communities on Jennings State Forest, each with unique plants, animals, and physical characteristics. This results in an abundance of wildlife residing in the forest. Included among the different types of natural communities are sandhill, slope forest, flatwoods, seepage slope, dome swamp, blackwater stream, and seepage stream. Raccoon, otter, alligator, and wading birds can be seen along North Fork Black Creek and other tributaries found throughout the forest. White-tailed deer, wild turkey, hawks and song birds can be found in the uplands. We’ll be following the North Fork Black Creek Trail that creates a 5 mile loop into the forest. There is a $2 per person entrance fee that we will individually be responsible for at the park entrance. Leashed pets are welcome. We will meet in the parking lot of the Publix located at 4495 Roosevelt Blvd and figure out carpooling needs. The drive to the hike will be about 46 miles round trip and we will share the cost of gas. Bring bug spray, water, and maybe a snack. If there is interest, we can go to lunch as a group afterward.

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