Trail re-opens after ice storm, with help from volunteers
Crossing through one of the most pristine old-growth forests in Texas, the Martha Lennox Memorial Nature Trail – rebuilt by The Nature Conservancy in early 2008 – offers visitors an unparalleled glimpse of deep East Texas riches.
Within the 376-acre Lennox Woods Preserve in Red River County, one enters a land of green giants in one of the last remaining examples of fully mature, virgin timber forests in the state. Hikers with discerning eyes may spot a variety of rare, colorful bird and plant species, including the pileated woodpecker and lady’s slipper orchid. The first portion of the trail follows a wagon route dating back to 1840.
“This truly is one of the most beautiful forests in the state and a remarkable example of the land our predecessors knew so many years ago,” said Laura Huffman, Texas state director of The Nature Conservancy.
“There are more than 5 types of trees in the preserve and a soul-stirring assortment of wildflowers for visitors to discover.”
The Lennox Woods experience was almost lost to the public following two severe ice storms in 1999 and 2000 that nearly obliterated the Lennox trail, but a partnership between The Nature Conservancy and The Martha, David, and Bagby Lennox Foundation ensured the trail was rebuilt and improved in 2008.
The Lennox Woods Preserve was created to conserve the rich natural heritage of the region by protecting the land and natural processes that guide and shape it, including flooding. The waters of Pecan Bayou, one of the largest undammed watersheds in Texas, regularly inundate portions of the preserve where stately white oaks and delicate spider lilies grow.