Sinkhole Pond at Grassy Pond Natural Area
Points of Interest:
- An unusual wetland community surrounded by dry oak-pine woods.
- Important habitat for amphibians and rare plants.
Natural Features Description:
Sinkholes are formed from the collapse of an underground cavity or the slow dissolution of underlying calcareous bedrock.Sinkhole ponds form when the bed of a sinkhole is lined with impermeable clay and organic matter deposits that prevent water from draining.This sinkhole pond is typically wet in the winter and spring but often dries up in the summer and fall.Amphibian species such as spring peepers, gray treefrogs, spotted salamanders and American toads utilize these seasonal wetlands for raising their young.Interestingly sinkhole ponds in the Ozarks harbor wetland plant species more typically found in the southeast coastal plain.For example, epiphytic sedge, found in this pond, more commonly grows on the bases of cypress trees in swamps.Sinkhole ponds, though small, are rich in life.
This natural area is within Peck Ranch Conservation Area. From the intersection of Highway 60 and Highway P in Carter County, follow Highway P north. In 2.6 miles the pavement ends but continue another mile on gravel to the entrance of Peck Ranch Conservation Area. Continue from the area entrance for 1.75 miles heading northerly on the gravel road. At this point, an area service road (that may be gated) will be to your right (east). Park here and walk (or drive if the gates are open) for 4.75 miles to the area. A map and compass are recommended to explore this area. Hunting and fishing are permitted.
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