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Welcome to Wetlands

Wetlands in the northern part of Wolf Trap have a slightly different feel than the rest of the park. The lush vegetation of this micro-environment exudes the hot and humid atmosphere typically associated with early Summer.

You can reach them if you follow the Wolf Trap creek downstream from the pond bench (along blue arrows). If you keep to the left, eventually you end up at the East Lot, which is another good entry point (the trailhead is just behind the bridge over the creek).

Most moisture is brought into the area by an unnamed stream flowing in from the North.
But the Wolf Trap Run does its part too.
This is the view from the creek towards the boardwalk (that is hidden in greenery).
Parts of the wetlands have a certain dreamlike quality.
This is the East Lot entrance. In the background you can see the information board and the beginning of the boardwalk.
This small “anteroom” has a character of tropical rainforest.
This is the information board at the start of boardwalk.
This is the boardwalk from the other side (coming from the pond). The surprised visitor in the picture is not a rarity. Deer love this part of the park.
It is relatively secluded, less frequently visited and provides plenty of grass cover for a little evening rest. Can you spot a deer head silhouette (center left)?
With a bit of luck, they let you approach to within “social distancing” boundary.
But deer is not the only bit of fauna you can encounter on summer evenings. This barred owl was sitting directly above the place where the residential path joins the wetlands trail.
When it spotted me, it prepared for the immediate take off.
So come and visit – the wetlands are here dawn to dusk.

— honza —

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