06
Apr
14

Tree Signs Along the Longleaf Trace

From about mile 1.5 to mile 3 of The Longleaf Trace, there’s a stretch where signs appear indicating various trees along The Longleaf Trace. I took a picture of each sign for curiosity, future nostalgia, and for a series of poems I’m working on. I assume there are more trees, such as the bamboo and lilac trees I have spotted but that are not marked. (I’m not good with identifying trees, but I can identify those two.) If you know of more trees along the Trace, please leave a comment thanks.

The order of these pictures are in the order as I encountered them. I walked west for the first part, so I took a picture of the tree signs on my right-hand sign, or towards the north. Then I turned around and walked east, and took pictures on my right-hand side, again, but this time to the south. The last of the north signs is, I think, “Sweetgum,” which is right at the 5K marker.

Chinese Tallow Tree

Chinese Tallow Tree

Blackgum

Blackgum

Yaupon

Yaupon

 

Sparkleberry

Sparkleberry

Post Oak

Post Oak

Shortleaf Pine

Shortleaf Pine

Sassafras

Sassafras

Tulip Poplar

Tulip Poplar

Loblolly Pine

Loblolly Pine

Longleaf Pine

Longleaf Pine

Eastern Dogwood

Eastern Dogwood

Beautyberry

Beautyberry

Elliott's Blueberry

Elliott’s Blueberry

Southern Magnolia

Southern Magnolia

Sweetgum

Sweetgum

Blackjack Oak

Blackjack Oak

Supplejack

Supplejack

Crabapple

Crabapple

Crabapple and Supplejack

Crabapple and Supplejack

Groundsel Tree

Groundsel Tree

Wax Myrtle

Wax Myrtle

Hornbeam

Hornbeam

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The Longleaf Trace, if you don’t know, was once a railroad track, but it has been converted into a long walking and biking path. It begins at The University of Southern Mississippi campus and goes west 40.2 miles until it ends in Prentiss, Mississippi. More officially:

This is South Mississippi’s premier running, biking, hiking, equestrian trail. It is a beautiful linear park,  41 miles long and fairly flat (a rails-to-trails conversion), extending  from Hattiesburg (elevation 220′) through Sumrall (290′), Bassfield (460′), and Carson to Prentiss (336′). The trail is 10 feet wide and paved with asphalt. It has been extended to the USM campus, and negotiations are underway to acquire the right of way to downtown Hattiesburg. And can you imagine the impact of someday extending it from Prentiss to Natchez, thus connecting it to the Natchez Trace and Mississippi River Trails? (www.longleaftrace.org)

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May 11, 2014 (Mother’s Day): I walked another mile or so along the Longleaf Trace to Jackson Road, where there’s a rest stop, too. There is also this sign, with the unfortunate typo:

Trail Identification Longleaf Trace 2008

Trail Identification Longleaf Trace 2008

There’s also another half dozen or so other trees that are labeled in the extra mile stretch. Hopefully, I’ll add them to this collection. I doubt however I’ll extend the long poem I wrote, which has a section for each tree, plus a couple others.//


5 Responses to “Tree Signs Along the Longleaf Trace”


  1. 1 Wanda
    April 6, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Trees!! I hope when you are passing these trees and reading their names that you will touch each one, Allow embraces, even. You will be surprised at how different each one feels. You may be surprised at how warm they are. The Mystic who lives deep in the river inside me knows that trees are sentient beings. We must be descended from a common ancestor somewhere, Tom – first stone, now trees…. : )

  2. April 13, 2014 at 6:17 am

    Never knew about the Longleaf Trace, Tom. Thanks for the visual survey. So much of nature is passed by as “landscape.” Maybe some enterprising botanist will continue the interpretive signs by identifying the smaller miracles of sundew, false foxglove, dog fennel, and the like.


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