Red Maple Pond
Points of Interest:
- Listen for toads and frogs calling and watch for salamanders in this upland wetland.
- An unusual sinkhole pond swamp that provides important habitat for amphibians and rare plants.
Natural Features Description:
Sinkholes are depressions in the land’s surface caused when underlying rock material dissolves away and or a cavern collapses. This sinkhole basin is unusual in that it also occurs in a stream drainageway. The poorly drained soils here typically hold water in the winter and spring except in drought years. Wetland plants include red maple, buttonbush, royal fern and lizard’s tail. The rare epiphytic sedge can be found growing on the hummocks of the red maple and buttonbush. This sedge is typically found growing in the coastal plain swamps of the southeastern United States.
This natural area is within the Mark Twain National Forest. From Doniphan head west on Highway 160. After nearly 11 miles turn right (north) on to Highway C. Go north on Highway C for 10.3 miles and turn right (east) on to Forest Road 4912 (gravel). Travel a short distance to the top of the hill and park. The natural area is just south of here. Hunting is permitted. A map and compass are recommended to explore this area.