|Trail Length: 2.9 miles||Type of trail: Loop|
|County: Jones County, GA||Our rating: Moderate|
|Features: songbirds, lake, 60hikes||Your rating:|
|Usage: Light||Added on: February 04, 2005|
|Last hiked: November 02, 2010||Updated on: June 16, 2011|
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Hiking trails in Jones County, GA
Turn left at the bottom of the hill and begin crossing the earthen dam that forms Allison Lake. In the center of the dam an unusual concrete spillway allows water over the dam while 45 degree angle sides permit foot traffic. After a heavy rain this section of the dam may be impassible. Climb up the far side of the dam and follow the gravel road as it ascends to a sign with the Red Cockaded Woodpecker (RCW) indicating a left hand turn at 0.4 miles. The trail leaves the road and begins its journey easily descending through a second-growth short leaf pine forest that dominates much of the hike.
|Where's the Red?Although its name is the "Red cockaded woodpecker, the red is normally visible only during mating and when fighting. It appears on either side of the bird's head|
A little less than halfway through the hike (1.2 miles) the Red Cockaded Woodpecker Trail begins to descend. Watch to the left to spot evidence of a "grouping," trees selected by the elusive RCW as living quarters. Follow the RCW trail as the grouping expands to cover both sides of the trail. They tend to nest in groups that occupy dozens of trees in an area. The trees are easily spotted - they have a telltale candlestick look to them and a ring of white paint at the base. About halfway up the tree an artificial insert creates a ready-made hole for the birds who normally seek mature pines with red-heart fungus.
As the trail continues to loop it falls to a forested wetland fed by Allison Creek. At the park bench turn right and retrace you steps to the car.
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