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Note: The photos here are courtesy of Daricia McKnight through her photo blog http://acharlottegarden.blogspot.com/. See the rest of her photos of Ev-Henwood, as well as many other places and subjects at her blog.
I have enjoyed visiting this preserve about 10 miles southwest of Wilmington, NC many times. It has a variety of trails winding through forests, along Town Creek, past large bald cypress trees and past old fields. As it is a property of the University of North Carolina – Wilmington, it has a definite educational element with identification tags on specimen trees to help you learn a bit of what you’re enjoying.
There are also some historical elements to the property, including a pit/kiln where naval stores (turpentine) and tar were produced. Interpretive signage helps explain how the tar was made, which helps explain what you’re looking at.The terrain is basically flat, with a little bit of roll, and most of it has a dense canopy so it is a pleasant place to be on a hot, sunny day, or on a colder winter day. In the spring, flowering trees and wildflowers are prevalent. Some special trees you’ll find, in addition to a bald cypress estimated to be about 1000 years old, are longleaf pine, loblolly pine, American beech, flowering dogwood, and Stewartia. In short, it is a GREAT place to visit, and when you’re there, it’s a definite strong nature experience.I highly recommend you visit this spot if you’re in the Wilmington area.