Halloween Hike at Abita Creek’s “Missing Link”

Nature is providing the tricks this Halloween… flesh-eating pitcher plants in their fall colors, green lynx spiders lying in wait, and other wonders of the natural world, in a beautiful Autumn landscape.

This year, our annual Fall Hike will be even more special! We have access to a premier spot at The Nature Conservancy’s Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve — “The Missing Link.” So named because this area ecologically falls between a hillside bog and wet pine savanna, it also includes bayhead swamp habitat with big pond cypress dated up to 700 years old!

This section of the Preserve is normally NOT open to the public — but it is for you!

What: A 2 mile hike through upland longleaf habitat, followed by boggy savanna and bayhead swamp.
Where: Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve in St. Tammany Parish. We will start at the end of Jack Loyd Road, by the intersection of Moonshadow Lane.
When: Saturday, Oct. 28, 9-11:30 AM (rain date Sunday, Nov. 4)
How: Hikers must register here. $30/hiker, which includes access to a unique, private section of the Preserve, with an expert guide — biologist Nelwyn McInnis.

  • We will be going off-trail, so wear long pants and closed-toe shoes — and hunter orange, if you have it! Hunters should not be in the area, but it pays to be cautious.
  • Bring your supplies: hat, camera, binoculars, day pack, etc.
  • Snacks and water will be provided. You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch for the end of the hike!

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