Bayou Bartholomew Nature Trail

Another Pine Bluff attraction.  The trail head is located right beside the I-530/Hazel St. junction and is on Hazel St a few feet north of the interstate.  This trail is almost 2 miles in length and follows a section of the bayou.  This is one of the best places to see wading birds in Pine Bluff.  This is one of the few places recommended for late summer.  Warblers are common as well as woodpeckers and woodland passerines.  Anytime seems to be a good time to go but be careful because the trail is very low and will flood after a moderate rain.  Notable findings include:  Green Heron, Little Blue Heron, White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Louisiana Waterthrush, Hooded Warbler, Hairy Woodpecker, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Veery, Wood Duck, Mississippi Kite, and others.

The gravel trail loops around bottomland hardwood forests mixed with occasional pines.  Parts of the Bayou run right beside the trail and there are several benches and a couple observation points.  The first observation point jets out into the widest, accessible part of the bayou.  Vegetation on this part is mostly cypress (Taxodium distichum) and buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis).  During winter and spring the water is fairly high making it a good location for ducks, grebes, and larger waders.  Woodland songbirds are quite common throughout the fall and winter.  In the summer and fall the water levels are lower, sometimes even nonexistent.  These are the best times to see smaller waders such as night herons, spoonbills, Green Herons, and the like.

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

Now a list of things to be wary of.  This trail is home to a variety, and multitude, of mosquitoes and other ectoparasites.  The trail has a few venomous snakes as well as several nonvenomous.  Being a low area, the trail has a tendency to flood; parts of it flood quite easily.  Boots are the best footwear for this trail.

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