If you and your dog want to go on a leisurely stroll through the forest together, Levi Wilcoxon Forest Trail is perfect for you! This trail takes you through the Levi Wilcoxon Experimental Forest, which is filled with beautiful native trees. Dogs are welcome to join you here on-leash.
The Levi Wilcoxon Experimental Forest has a long, fascinating history. The forest is named after a lumber worker who started working for Crossett Lumber Company in 1902. Wilcoxon advanced in the company over the years, and he eventually became manager of the company’s forestry division. He used his position to save the state’s native pine trees, which were rapidly disappearing. He got Crossett Lumber Company to preserve 100 acres of forest, and this area soon became a popular spot for hiking and picnicking. In 1948, the forest was officially named the Levi Wilcoxon Experimental Forest.
In 1962, lumber company Georgia-Pacific bought the forest from Crossett Lumber Company, and they created the 0.8-mile Levi Wilcoxon Forest Trail. This trail is unpaved and mostly flat, making it easy for dogs to walk on. As you walk down the trail, you’ll pass by native loblolly pines, post oaks, sweetgums, shortleaf pines, white oaks, and winged elms. All along the trail, there are interpretive signs that provide you with information about the trees. There are also signs that give you an in-depth look at the forest’s history.
The trail is shady the whole way through, making it the perfect hike to do with your dog on hot summer days. If all this hiking makes you hungry, there’s a picnic area near the start of the trail where you can have a snack or lunch with your pup.
The Levi Wilcoxon Forest Trail is a scenic and historic trail that you and your pup will both love. You and your dog will have a pawesome time hiking here!
There’s no drinking water available on the trail or at the trailhead -- it’s a good idea to bring a bottle or two with you. Also, be sure to look out for loose rocks on the path as you're walking. The elevation gain for this trail is unknown.