Cottonwood to Toadshade Loop Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The 170-acre near-virgin forest is a remnant of the Great Black Swamp, characterized by towering trees 200 to 400 years old, with a few specimens as old as 500 years. Hike around the preserve on a 3-mile outer loop; it won’t take long to see that you’re in a special place.
Unusually tall and broad tree specimens include cottonwood, oak, tulip tree, ash, maple, beech, hickory, and linden (basswood). The dark and clear understory is quite swampy in area and gives you a taste of what the Great Black Swamp was once like, all the way down to the mosquitoes. Take a respite from everyday living to view the process of life, death, and rebirth in a natural ecosystem."