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How to Identify Wild Plants to Avoid While Hiking

North Texas Jellystone Park™ is where locals and tourists go when they are on the hunt for an affordable “camping site near me.” With rising gas prices and the need to make the most out of vacation time, our campground offers something for everyone. Rough it in a tent under the stars or glamp it up in one of our beautiful cabins! There are plenty of activities here for all ages, including something truly special: our nature trails.

Nurture with nature

You found “camping sites near me” to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and restore your physical and mental wellbeing. This is why we’ve worked hard on our nature trails, giving you three trail options to wander the woods and restore your equilibrium. You may even catch a glimpse of some bears – Yogi Bear™ and Boo-Boo Bear™ that is! While these cuddly characters are safe to hug, you will also see a variety of plants, flowers and berries – some of which must be avoided.

Know as you go

For your safety, our nature trails have informational signs along the paths to help you identify the plants and animals you may see. Before you hit the trails, download our CampersApp. The app allows you to scan a code on the signs to get a more detailed, interactive, augmented reality experience. It’s a fun way to learn more about the sights and sounds you’ll experience on the trails, and helps you identify which plants to avoid.

Even with the app, you must be very careful. Never pick, taste or touch a plant that is unfamiliar and remember – many plants and berries look safe but are poisonous.

For example, pokeweed berries look like blueberries, and you’ll even see deer munching on them. However, pokeweed berries are poisonous to humans. Poison ivy, if routinely cut back (for example, to keep it away from the borders of a nature trail) will not look like a vine. Over time it will resemble a young sapling, but it is still toxic to touch. Wild cherries look inviting, but the leaves of the tree and the pits contain cyanide. Then there is the deceptive nightshade, another blueberry imitation that is quite dangerous to eat.

How to avoid the danger

Remember, you are on the trail to restore your wellbeing, not to get sick by experimental foraging. Unless you are more than 100 percent sure of what you are picking, touching or eating, leave it alone. The flora and fauna around our trails are best enjoyed strictly visually. Avoid the danger by not touching or eating the plants, and by using our CamperApp to gain a deeper appreciation of your surroundings.

Enjoy your stay

The answer to “where are the best camping sites near me” is North Texas Jellystone Park™. Get back to nature and enjoy our trails, catch and release fishing, and so much more. Click here to start planning your stay.