Pine Flatwoods Trail
The Pine Flatwoods trail is a 1 mile (1.6 km) loop that generally takes 30 – 40 minutes. The trail follows established fire break roads. The pine flatwoods ecosystem is dominated by fire tolerant plants such as slash pine, several species of scrub oaks, saw palmetto gall berry and wire grass. This plant community provides important habitat to many species of reptiles, amphibians, large and small mammals, hawks, owls, woodpeckers and song birds.
When the habitat becomes slightly higher and drier, scrub oaks become the dominate plant. Scrub jays utilize this habitat. Look for them in open “scrubby’ locations.
The pine flatwoods are also a great location to enjoy wildflowers in the spring and fall. During the refuges migration season (fall – spring), be sure to look for migratory songbirds, raptors and nesting eagles.
To reach Pine Flatwoods trail from the Visitor Center:
Turn right out of the Visitor Center entrance road. Go to the traffic light and turn left onto SR 3. Pine Flatwoods is 10.5 miles from the traffic light on the right side.