William G. Layher Nature Trail

William G. Layher Nature Trail – This trail courses through 1.75 miles of riparian lands adjacent to the Bayou Bartholomew. It begins near a sewage pump station, however no sewage enters the Bayou anymore. An old sewage pond at the beginning of the trail was reclaimed as a wetland by students from White Hall Middle School planting vegetation some years ago. Today it offers rushes, sedges, a few cypress trees, and a view of waterfowl and shorebirds. Continuing along the trail, it passes through a mixed forest area with both pines and hardwoods on one side and a large wetland formed by beavers damming a small overflow channel creating a large wetland expanse where viewing bird life is excellent from a blind with a bench for resting. Farther along the trail, one passes a few majestic willow oaks possibly approaching 3 to 400 hundred years old. A flat of large willow oaks is also encountered. Traveling parallel to the Bayou, numerous wildlife species can be seen especially in early morning hours including otter, beaver, mink, muskrat, gray fox, armadillo, white-tailed deer and numerous birds. Over 100 species of birds have been recorded on the trail. The trail forms a loop and the exit is in the parking lot where you start!