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Easter Vacation – Assateague Island, MD: Life of the Forest Trail

The Life of the Forest trail is about a mile north of the dune trail back up Bayberry Drive.  There was a sign on Bayberry Drive directing us to the Life of the Forest trail head.

Most of the Life of the Forest Trail, once a loop, was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, so the National Park Service built a new out-and-back trail.  The length of the trail is 0.4 mile round trip.

The trail does go through a forest, but the forest doesn’t seem to be the main emphasis of the trail.

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Near the start of the Life of the Forest trail

Most of the trail is a boardwalk. Once out of the forest, the boardwalk overlooks a salt marsh and Sinepuxtent Bay.

20180331_152137487_iOSLife of the Forest trail Boardwalk

There are a number of viewing platforms built into the new boardwalk.

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_LG25663This Great Blue Heron seemed to have the run of the place.

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The boardwalk overlooks Sinepuxtent Bay.

20180331_153652310_iOSBob and I on the Life of the Forest boardwalk trail

3 Responses to “Easter Vacation – Assateague Island, MD: Life of the Forest Trail”

  1. Betsy

    I’ve enjoyed reading about your Easter Trip…. Some of those areas do look barren–and I’m sure that Hurricane Sandy did a lot of damage to that area. When we went to Cashiers, we checked out Whitewater Falls. They had had wildfire damage BIGTIME during the drought at the end of 2016. They had to totally rebuild all of the steps down to the overlook… That area was closed for months –but is coming back really good now… Mother Nature takes away –but also gives back!!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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