As the rainy season picks up and we get rain events bringing 3 or 4 or more inches at a time, the CREW Trails, as you can imagine, begin to get wet. As of this week (July 1, 2014) trail conditions are as follows:
At the CREW Marsh Trails:
- Marsh Trail and Alternative Marsh Trail – Some dry spots, but puddles and stretches of several inches of water to a foot deep in places along the marsh edge.
- Oak Hammock Trail – One to 4 inches deep in places.
- Pine Flatwoods Trail – One to four inches deep in places.
- Campsite Gate 3 – needs 4-WD vehicle to access.
At the Cypress Dome Trails:
- Green and White Loops – completely under water, depth from one to 6 inches.
- Blue shortcut from Yellow to Green Loop – inundated with 3 to 6 inches of water.
- Yellow Loop – some dry patches, wet in low areas near seasonal ponds.
- All trails mowed on June 26th.
- Campsite – dry and accessible.
At Bird Rookery Swamp:
- Most of the trail is still dry. A few soft and wetter spots between map points 3 and 6.
- Water rising fast.
- Grass getting tall.
Of course, how wet the trails are depends on the frequency and amount of rain. A few days without and it’ll dry down. But as the ground gets saturated, even small rain events will fill the low spots with water.
Either way – wet or dry, summer is abuzz with life on the trails. So , come get your feet wet and enjoy the essence of summer in the swamps and marshes of CREW!