Ecological Features

The Laurel Woods Trail traverses a unique section of mature woodland within the White Clay Creek canyon. Hiking counterclockwise:
   • Near the trail entrance common trees are American Beech, White Oak and Maples.
   • Past the bridge along the crest of the ridge dominant tree species are Chestnut Oak, Red Oak, White Oak and Black Oak with the understory dotted with struggling Mountain Laurel.
   • Beyond the railroad cut on the back side of the ridge the terrain and tree type shifts and Tulip Poplars dominate. This section also includes a patch of invasive alien Winged Burning-bush and a section of native grape vines.
   • The old logging road is lined with stately mature trees including various oaks and maples.
   • The trail finishes with a descent through the meadow by the parking area.
While walking the northern area notice the population of oak, hickory, maple and beech trees. In 1937 this area of the trail was populated with trees while the southern section was largely clear due to logging (see photos at the bottom of the page.) Consequently, the southern area is populated with fast growing species such as Poplar, Sassafras, Grapevine and invasives such as Winged Euonymus today
White Oak American Beech Mockernut Hickory Spice Bush Flowering Dogwood Black Gum Pignut Hickory Sugar Maple Red Oak Chestnut Oak Black Haw Mountain Laurel Black Oak Scarlet Oak Sassafras Eastern Hemlock Black Cherry Ironwood Tulip Poplar Winged Euonymus (invasive) Grapevine American Holly Red Maple Box Elder (Ash-leaf Maple) Blackjack Oak Trees