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All species of woodpeckers native to the Southeast can be found on this half-mile round trip trail, located across from the Goose Overlook. This trail is one of the shortest found on the Refuge, and if you have only 20 to 30 minutes of time this trail is a good choice. Periodically throughout the trail are informative signs explaining the plants and animals you may find. One wooden bench, overlooking Bluff Lake, is located near the half-way point of the trail.
The trail winds through a mature stand of loblolly pine which houses an active cluster of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Notice how open this forest is. This is the result of prescribed burns conducted by Refuge staff to benefit the red-cockaded woodpeckers that prefer open, park-like, stands of older pines. The best time to observe these endangered birds is at sunrise or sunset as they are leaving their cavities to forage or coming in to roost. May is the best time to observe the adults feeding their young at the cavity.
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