Manage episode 291483699 series 2887945
"Today our journey up the Natchez Trace Parkway has brought us to a nature trail just north of Kosciusko, Mississippi. Each of the nature trails offers us something quite revealing and complex in its detail and yet basically very simple.
"Walking the nature trail at Hurricane Creek can be a poignant experience, especially when you remember that this was once the home of the Choctaw Indians. The trail offers a 15 minute walk and signs that explain differences in vegetation. The trail passes through the wet bottom land of Hurricane Creek, and through American beech and white oak trees and ferns that grow in the bottom. Then the trail climbs up a hill and through hickory trees that grow in the thinner soil then to the hilltop and the southern pine and hardwood forests.
"As with all nature trails along the Trace, this one is in a state of change. As permanent as the pine trees on the hilltop seem, there are few seedlings and the hardwoods are gradually taking over, and as permanent as those hardwood trees may one day seem, events will occur to change the balance of nature. Like the Choctaw, who followed their magical pointing stick and settled for a time and these lands, the Fires of another breed have them to pass on.
"Join us next time when we'll visit Cole Creek for Natchez Trace road through the wilderness. I'm Frank Thomas."
For more about Natchez Trace: A Road Through the Wilderness, visit eddieandfrank.com