This ride begins at a turn-of-the-century farmhouse, a reminder of the Boynton family who raised free-range cattle here. An old road through second-growth pines and hardwoods takes you out to two (out of a dozen) impoundments that colonial planters cleared and constructed for rice cultivation. Water levels in the impoundments are now managed for wildlife; and vegetation such as widgeon grass and spike rush grow here to attract waterfowl. Hawks, ospreys, bald eagles, wood ducks, ibises, and wood storks use the wetlands.
First ride the dike out across the impoundment known as the Mail Route Bank, so named because the path was used to bring mail to the Boynton house. Then continue on the other side where regular burning creates open woodlands with giant loblolly, live oak, and hickory. Again, cross the open waters, this time on the Tram Bank, once a railroad tram that took logs across the wetlands to a major sawmill in Wiggins. Finish along a narrow canal, where it is not uncommon to spot an alligator. Tread: Old roadbed and dike.
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