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Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata).  On the trail at Sunnyside Picnic Area, you will notice trees with bark that looks to be peeling off or “shaggy.”  These are Shagbark Hickory trees, native to most of the Eastern United States.  Shagbark Hickory is a climax forest tree in well-drained, moist to dry woodland soils.  It grows to 100 feet tall with a 40-foot crown width when found in the open.

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Photographs by Valerie Lykes