The Marsh Boardwalk is one of our most popular areas for visitors. From the Marsh Boardwalk parking lot, follow the sidewalk and wooden pathway to the entrance of the boardwalk. When you arrive under the covered pavilion area, you are presented with a panoramic view of the marsh. As you get settled in, many species of wildlife will soon show themselves. Throughout the year, you will see White-tailed Deer near the water, fish flopping in the water, birds flying high above the water and others using the water to find food beneath the surface. It is at this location that you may see a Bald Eagle during the winter months or an elusive Pileated Woodpecker throughout the year.
The Marsh Boardwalk is home to other wildlife. It is not unusual to see a snake either swimming in the water or basking under the sun on a log. Many species of turtles are eager to meet you. Do not let them fool you, they have plenty of food in the water and extra feeding is not necessary. Among the vegetation, you will find Green Tree Frogs concealed well and holding on tightly. Dragonfly, damselfly and butterfly species are seen darting across the water searching for food a nice spot to lay their eggs.
This habitat is full of trees and plants that are used to the high levels of water. As you make your way to the boardwalk, you will pass through swaying Black Willow, towering Eastern Cottonwoods and blooming Buttonbush. One of the sweetest sounds is from the Eastern Cottonwood when the wind wisps the leaves from side to side. This creates a peaceful environment allowing you to forget about the stresses you may have and put them on hold.