This little nature loop is a .75 mile trail inside a campground directly across the street from the main entrance to Little Talbot Island State Park. You’ll need a code to get into the campground, but if you ask the ranger at the main entrance if you’re allowed to do the trail, they should be able to give it to you. Once you’re inside, you can park way back at the boat slip and walk to the trail head.
I loved this trail as a relaxing way to top off the day, nothing too strenuous but lots of fun all the same. For being so short, there was a lot of variety as far as how wide (or super narrow) the trail was, the ups and downs of the dunes, and the scenery going from wide open marshes to thick, mossy forest.
On the way to the trail head we passed some campers who were set up in their hammocks — chill as heck. Like, I would love to be able to just drive around and hang out at different state parks. It’s kind of amazing, I never really considered myself much of an outdoorsy person, but the past few weeks have made me feel like I could do this forever (especially after we treated our clothes to keep the bugs away!) Then again, it’s still just January — it’s about to get Real Hot down here, and we’re going to have to start going north if we want to keep hiking without feeling like we’re going to die.
This trail starts out by taking you along the marsh shore, but quickly takes you into the woods where there are quite a few stations that tell you about the plant life. I finally learned what the fern-looking things are that grow all over the tree branches: they’re literally called Resurrection Ferns, because they go dormant and look like they’re dead when it’s a dry season, but come “back to life” when it starts raining again. That is a pretty excellent name for a plant.
At the end, you’re led back to the marshes and back out to the trail head. We walked back to the parking area at the boat slip and decided to spend a few minutes at the dock looking out at the ducks and checking ourselves again for ticks (still none, Hallelujah) before finally kicking off our hiking boots and airing out our feet in flip flops.