For some nature on the Bay side, stop by the 150-acre James Farm Ecological Preserve. Visit during low tide to learn some of the most fascinating stories the shore has to tell you. Walk the three miles of trails through the area’s seven distinctive habitats. They include salty flats of the low marsh, shrubby high marsh, and into the shade of loblolly pines and other trees of the maritime forest. Walk far enough and you’re into the shade of the canopy of southern red oak, hickory, sweet gum, and sassafras trees. Finish the walk and you’re back in the sunshine. Along the way, you’ll pass three observation platforms, an observation blind, an informational kiosk, rest areas, and more than 4,000 trees that were planted to help with wildlife reforestation effort. Be on the lookout for deer, ducks, reptiles, and amphibians.
During the summer, there’s a wonderful wildflower garden and the Farm is the perfect place in spring and fall to watch the bird migrations. Check the schedule for full moon and daily kayak or SUP (Stand Up Paddle) tours.