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Mary Ann Brown Preserve
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Last Updated On 12/30/2015
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The Louisiana Hiking Club

Trail Notes
Mary Ann Brown Preserve

The Mary Ann Brown Preserve is owned by the Nature
Conservancy and is located in the Tunica Hills about 25
miles north of Baton Rouge.

Areas range from open fields, to new growth, to old
growth.  The terrain is typical of the Tunica type but not
as pronounced as that north of St. Francisville.  Long
ago, beech, magnolia and holly trees dominated the
forest in this area.  Due to changes brought about by
nature and man, many other species now vie for room
to grow.  Left on its own, the forest would eventually
revert back to these three early dominant trees.  What
we find today is described as an upland hardwood forest
with some pine present.  There are also more types of
fern in this area than anywhere else in Louisiana.  You
will see this diversity as you hike the trails.  Many of the
trees are identified with plaques.  Of particular interest
in the large beech tree on the Beech Loop Trail.  
Measurements show this tree is close to being a State
Champion.

User Groups:

Permits:
No day use permits required.

Directions:
To get there from Baton Rouge, take Highway 61 north
toward St. Francisville. A couple of miles south of St.
Francisville turn right onto Parish Highway 965. Follow
965 for 5.5 miles and the Preserve is on the left. Look
for a split rail fence and a brick and iron entrance gate.
If the gate is closed, there is parking off the highway
beside the gate and a pedestrian gate to the right of
the driveway gate. An information kiosk is located
inside this gate. If the driveway gate is open, you may
drive about 0.2 miles down the drive to the shelter.

Maps:

Links:
The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana, Mary Ann Brown
Preserve


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