Interpretive Nature Trails

blackgum bottom Blackgum Bottom is one of the ecologically significant areas of the Park. This unique stand of swamp hardwoods is on the Devil's Walkingstick trail.

Click this link to see a typical fire lane nature trail...Round Lake Trail.
   
Trail Map
Trail Map Legend
   
   
Dr. Thomas Wilson, Judson College Biologist, and Dan James, Bibb County RC&D Committee Chairman, identified the trees of the Park. Wilson designed and named all of the trails and ecologically significant features of the park. Thomas Wilson & Dan James identified the trees for the Park trails
   
Old growth forest stumps Dan James crossing a slough while laying out trails
   
Tupelo trees
Ila Westerman from Arkansas, Doris Wilson from Marion, and Verna Piper from Illinois...sisters visiting the park
   
Marshall Colburn pounds another post in for a trail sign
Trail signs were made by Bennie Oglesby of Marion. Thomas Wilson and Marshall Colburn selected the positions and put the signs in place. This was hot work out in the swamps in mid-August.

Judson College Earth Team members helped Dr. Wilson with attaching identification labels to Park trees.
   
Earth team members sort tree labels
Earth Team assists Dr. Wilson in fixing labels to trees
   
Earth Team and Dr. Wilson put label on big cypress tree at Perry Lake
Leah McNight, Caroline Kirkner and Heather Bohannan help Dr. Wilson label trees
   
Fern colony on Fern Trail Swamp Lily
Judson's Park Earth Team has a bench building party Caroline Kirkner and Leah McNight dig holes for the Park benches
   
Leah McKnight and Caroline Kirtner, Judson College Earth Team, install benches along Perry Lake
Bench installed by Judson College Earth Team
   
Thomas Wilson and Leah McKnight, Judson College Earth Team members, install a bench beside Perry Lake
Dr. Thomas Wilson, Judson College Biologist, and the JC Earth Team are installing six benches in the Park. The benches are positioned at ecologically and inspirationally important places. The quiet beauty of the Park makes it a very special place to pause, meditate, reflect, and become one with nature.
   
Angi Gullard and Erin Troy, Judson College Earth Team
Erin, Angi, and Lauren Stephens, Judson College Earth Team.
   
   
Perry Lakes Park was a National Wilderness Area of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A few of these "interesting" signs remain in the Park. Federal Wilderness
   
Basswood Trail
Button Bush
   
Angi, Lauren, and Erin admire a Park salamander
Angi Gullard, Lauren Stephens, and Erin Troy are Judson College Earth Team members. They enjoyed a moment with a salamander during a Park work day.

Judson Earth Team members have spent many Friday afternoons clearing the Park trails of trees felled by hurricanes Ivan and Katrina. We have about 10 more trees left on the trails and then we wait on the next wind to blow (Feb. 2006).
   
 
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For more information, contact:
Dr. Thomas Wilson
wils5789@bellsouth.net