Overton Park Conservancy (OPC) has recently begun replacing the trail markers along the Old Forest Loop. The 32 sites will increase to 35 and wooden posts will be replaced by recycled plastic lumber posts bearing Overton Park Conservancy’s logo. Many of the old posts were missing or the tree at the marker had long since fallen. A successful ioby campaign has funded the new markers which will give users a clear path to follow in the Old Forest’s network of trails.
Melissa McMasters, Director of Communications for OPC, says sites were selected to “cover things like forest composition, specific types of trees, vines’ role in the ecosystem, etc.” But don’t worry, old favorites like the “Elvis Relics” will still be marked. Combined with an online trail map, users will be able to learn even more about the sites; like how the Relics were dumped there decades ago because you were able to drive a truck through the Forest, or to see if there really is a gnome living in “Gnome Home.” The trail markers represent the really interesting items, but you can also learn about everything else in the Old Forest by using OPC’s online Field Guide and the iNaturalist app. The new markers and electronic map should be completed in the next month or so, with a new paper map following.Tags: Old Forest Loop, Overton Park