Lowland Woods Tour
Throughout the St. Anne Wetlands Research & Education Center you will find several stations showing some natural wonders to be found. Here you can take a quick virtual tour and see some of the things you might learn at the wetlands.
The trail leads past a depression forest and then follows a low ridge to the end of the path, located 2,150 feet from this point. The depression forest (learning stations A, B, and C) consists of tree species that can tolerate seasonal flooding, e.g., pin oak, cottonwood, sycamore, green ash, and red maple.
Upon reaching the low ridge (D), the trail proceeds through an area where old-growth upland forest was cleared to allow the cultivation of crops and pasturing of livestock. An early second-growth forest has developed in the decades since the farmland was abandoned. The woodland contains such trees as sassafras, black cherry, and tulip poplar.
Finally, the trail bridges a creek and enters a grove of beech trees (E). The homesteader spared this remnant of the original forest to provide beechnuts for foraging hogs and serve as a source of lumber and firewood. The trail ends in the beech grove, and visitors return to the entrance by retracing their steps.
A University-Community Partnership Grant from Northern Kentucky University supported the construction of this trail, its signage, and associated educational programs.