Just behind the post and to the right is a tree with a very unique, sort of "flaky" bark. This WILD BLACK CHERRY (Prunus serotina) is a medium-sized tree that is quite common in this particular section of the oak-hickory forest.  If you look around carefully, you should be able to spot more than a dozen right here on both sides of the trail.  Compare the Black Cherry's bark with that of the SHAGBARK HICKORY behind the post and to the left.       

There are more than 40 species of trees at Severson Dells, and most of them are small to medium in size.  The American Elm (Ulmus americana), Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis), Basswood (Tilia americana), Ash (Fraxinus sp.), and Box Elder (Acer negundo) are but a few to be on the lookout for while you hike (for a complete list of the trees at Severson Dells, check out our website)!