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Do you enjoy strolling through farmlands, beside cotton fields and across wetlands? Then plan an excursion on the Dunn-Erwin Trail, which occupies the former rail line in Harnett County that connected the Erwin Mill to the Cotton Exchange Yard in Dunn. The 5.3-mile gravel trail is a part of the N.C. Birding Trail, which links educational and historical attractions with communities and businesses across the state. The Dunn-Erwin Trail is popular with casual walkers, runners and bikers because its surface is flat and well-maintained as well as with families because dogs on leashes are welcome. Trail heads are located in the downtown areas of Dunn and Erwin and are convenient to shops and restaurants. The trail has multiple access points in both communities where it intersects streets at several locations, and it is wheelchair accessible before it enters into farmland.

KENTUCKY WARBLER The trail is home to a variety of migrating and breeding warblers, such as the Kentucky warbler that is more often heard than seen and is identified by a loud “churee” song. Found throughout the forests of the Southeast, this warbler stays near the lower levels of woodlands and nests on the ground at the base of a shrub or in an area of abundant vegetation. Unlike most songbirds, the male sings only one song type and never changes it throughout his life.

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The Kentucky warbler has yellow underparts that contrast with its olive-green back. The black marks down the side of its face and on its throat give the appearance of being “sideburns.” Another curious feature is a yellow eye-stripe that wraps about the back of each eye to form “spectacles.”

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