Saturday, July 26th, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission sponsored a trail day at their Cove Creek Natural Area located in Northern Faulkner County at the border with Conway County, NW of Greenbrier. Present to rid the trail of invasive species, mainly Privet, were Burt Turner, Katherine Becker, Margaret Malek, Monica Maybry, and photographer Joe Tucker. (Group picture order left to right).
It was a gorgeous day with Blue Birds and Blue Bird skies. The cool morning rapidly rose to 86 degrees by 10:00 AM with humidity to match, but starting out at 8:30 was not so bad. The forest was still damp, and the mosquitoes were a bit fierce. Wishing for a portable Thermacell® and 100% DEET to keep the ticks and chiggers at bay! The crew worked tireless while Joe took pictures. Thanks to our expert botanist, the native Hawthorn was spared and only the Privet dug up. Don’t forget to leave the roots up in the air and not on the ground least it sprout right back!
This is a really pretty area with flat top ridges and sandstone bluffs. Bottom land hardwoods exists along the creeks with Sycamore and river birch, and the uplands of oak and open forest and some Pine thanks to controlled burns. Interspersed are wetland glades with small streams. Wild flowers are in abundance.
Photographically, the Cove Creek overlook is nice, but you will need your ultra-wide angle lens to do it justice, and the best pictures will be in the late afternoon as the over-look is east facing.
Following the Heritage Commission’s driving directions take you on a very scenic route up through Wooster. A bit quicker and less curvy way is to go up Hwy 65 North out of Conway past Greenbrier. Turn left at the crest of the hill onto Republican Road which will be the first left past the Pinnacle Propane Company on the left. There is also a house at the NW corner displaying the red Hog Flag of U of A. Staying on Republican, a nicely paved and wider road, will take you into the Mallet Town Road. The right turn off of Mallet Town Road onto the Town Circle road is at the CCC era stone church (Methodist). If you go past the church, you missed it. Right turn onto JD road is a narrow gravel road at an old falling down abandoned frame house of yester year. The parking circle is at the end of JD road. Please go. Have fun. Commune with nature, and pull up the Privet!