Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center Trail

Newton Grove, North Carolina

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Howell Woods is a field learning center for Johnston Community College. It’s located on a 2800-acre tract where the Neuse River transitions from the Piedmont to the Coastal Plain. Up to now, the river has had focus, direction, its course determined by the rolling hills of the Piedmont. But when it reaches Interstate 95, the land suddenly flattens. The Neuse finds itself with room to roam, going from a floodplain just a few hundred feet wide to one 3 or 4 miles across. A good rain can change the river’s course in an instant, breaking through oxbows, turning them into lakes, and creating new oxbows. This wild area is known as the Letlones, an area where loblolly pines buddy up to pond and bald cypress, where duckweed blankets ponds, and where lush bottomland forests dominate.
100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

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100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)

Howell Woods is a field learning center for Johnston Community College. It’s located on a 2800-acre tract where the Neuse River transitions from the Piedmont to the Coastal Plain. Up to now, the river has had focus, direction, its course determined by the rolling hills of the Piedmont. But when it reaches Interstate 95, the land suddenly flattens.

The Neuse finds itself with room to roam, going from a floodplain just a few hundred feet wide to one 3 or 4 miles across. A good rain can change the river’s course in an instant, breaking through oxbows, turning them into lakes, and creating new oxbows. This wild area is known as the Letlones, an area where loblolly pines buddy up to pond and bald cypress, where duckweed blankets ponds, and where lush bottomland forests dominate.

©  Joe Miller/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Newton Grove
Distance: 2.8
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours
Season: Best in Winter
Local Maps: USGS Four Oaks
Driving Directions: Directions to Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center Trail

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