Beyond the Sweetwater River is Almakee State Forest. Sprawling spruce trees, crumbling ruins, rolling meadows, and beautiful, naturally growing flowers highlight what this forest is all about. The tree cover is thick, housing many types of plants and animals at their wildest state underneath its canopy. Hidden within its bulk lie many curious structures, old and forgotten. The forest rolls right up to the Black Hill Mountain Range's base, feeding into its lower depths still; some trees even growing diagonally. Snaking through the forest are many streams and creeks, providing its inhabitants with many opportunities for fresh water.
Rumors of wolves and coyotes tend to keep the most cautious dogs away, but the brave or desperate do come beyond the river to scavenge, hunt, and escape the city. Mountain lions and bears are also a very real threat in this area.
Mostly consisting of dry-mesic oak forests at lower and middle elevations on flat or gently rolling terrain. Northern Red Oak, White Oak, and Scarlet Oak make up the majority of the trees there. Bearberry, Pasture Rose, and even some Blueberry bushes make up the lowland brush and shrubbery.
rodents, birds, ungulates, felines, canines, bears, reptiles, fish, and other small mammals
For more detail and specific fauna, please visit the Almakee Forest page!