Archive for March, 2016

Tuskegee National Forest


After visiting the Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge I drove to the Tuskegee National Forest, in Macon County, Alabama to do a little hiking.  At just over 11,000 acres, Tuskegee is the smallest National Forest within the system.


I crossed over a number of small streams like this one.  I hiked along the Bartram Trail, about 1 1/2 hours in and then came back out the same way.


The baby pine trees remind me of the Charlie Brown Christmas tree.  This one appears to have survived a controlled burn.  The smell of smoke is ever present throughout southeastern Alabama as there are a lot of controlled burns going on in the commercial logging properties.


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Although most of the forest looked like it is still in the full throes of winter, there are signs of spring, if you look closely enough.

Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge


This morning I visited the Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge in Barbour County, Alabama.  The refuge is made up of mostly marshlands on both sides of the Chattahoochee River.


The river itself is the dividing line between Alabama and Georgia along the southern 1/3 or so of both states.


I saw a few ducks and a few birds.  I saw one alligator, but it slinked back into the water before I could get a picture.


I think this would have made a good setting for one of those 1950’s swamp creature movies.


If I had come just a month sooner I would have missed most of what I saw today.  Most of the scenic parts of the “Wildlife Drive” are closed from mid November until March 1.  There was a short hiking trail but all the scenery worth taking in was along the auto route.