Oak Ridge Trail

Small creek along Oak Ridge Trail
Small creek along Oak Ridge Trail

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1.6 miles, 2.6 kilometers

Oak Ridge Trail is a short, level trail that starts at Oak Ridge Campground and ends on Old Black Top Road. The trail is marked with yellow blazes and has opportunities to see beaver activity.

 
Beaver Dam
Beaver Dam

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Just down from the campground, South Valley Trail will branch off to the right. After about 15 minutes, you will cross over Scenic Drive. Continue on for another 20 minutes and you will come to a small creek meandering through the forest.

Keep your eye out along the creek for beaver activity. The beaver was extirpated in this area by the late 1700s a result of the fur trade. Reintroduction occurred in the 1950s and populations have flourished.

 
Ground Cedar along trail edges
Ground Cedar along trail edges

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Notice the ground cedar that covers the forest floor. Ground cedar (Lycopodium complanatum) is small, perennial plant with horizontal stems that creep along the forest floor. They grow up to a meter long with flattened, cedar-like stems.

On March 27, 2006 a 318-acre wildland fire began near the B-loop of Oak Ridge Campground, and was finally extinguished on April 4, 2006 due to the efforts of over 70 wildland firefighters.

Last updated: September 26, 2017

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