Briarwood Nature Preserve
Briarwood Nature Preserve is a mixed pine and hardwood forest, with native forest as well as restored forest on the site. Further, the Preserve has well-maintained historical elements including the ancestral log cabin home of Caroline Dormon, a botanist, natural historian, and the driving force behind the establishment of Kisatchie National Forest. A native wildflower field is beautiful when in bloom; it intersperses the surrounding forest areas which are dominated by Loblolly pines of ~120 years of age and older. Several pines on the site are estimated to be at least 300 years old, and very old hardwood trees also diversify the forest. The Curator of the forest is descended from the first caretakers of the site that worked directly with Caroline Dormon; he grew up here and gladly gives visitors fascinating, insightful tours of the Nature Preserve and its historic elements. Restrooms and a small gift shop may also be found on site.