The Carolina Sandhills divide the state's Piedmont and Coastal regions. This area was once covered by longleaf pine forests, but by 1900 extensive logging had removed virtually all of the virgin growth. Weymouth Woods protects 898 acres of recovering forest, primarily longleaf pine and turkey oak. Trails are easy, mostly sandy and flat, with many informational kiosks. No camping is allowed in the preserve.
Bower's Bog Trail (0.3 mile, easy)
Gum Swamp Trail (0.5 mile, easy)
Holly Road Trail (1.8 miles, easy)
Lighter Stump Trail (0.5 mile, easy)
Pine Barrens Trail(1.0 mile, easy)
Pine Island Trail (0.5 mile, easy)
Birds are the most commonly seen inhabitants of Weymouth Woods, including the red-cockaded woodpecker, American crow, quail, hawks, and owls. Mink and otter have been observed. The forest is an important home for the pine barrens tree frog as well.
The longleaf pine is the predominant species of tree in this area. Other trees include turkey oak, red oak, white oak, dogwood, hickory, sweetgum, sourwood, yellow poplar, persimmon, and red maple. Carnivorous plants such as pitcher plants and sundew may be found in wet areas. Nearly 500 other plant species have been recorded at Weymouth, including the bog spicebush, British soldier lichen, cinnamon fern, Indian pipe, trailing arbutus, wild orchids, dwarf iris, fall gentian, blueberry, and wild azalea.
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