0SpotsChatMapGuide
University of Montevallo's Ebenezer Swamp Ecological Preserve

University of Montevallo's Ebenezer Swamp Ecological Preserve

Montevallo

The University of Montevallo's Ebenezer Swamp Ecological Preserve is located on Spring Creek, approximately 6 miles northeast of the University. Ebenezer swamp consists of 60 acres of wooded wetlands and is home to numerous species of fungi, plants, and animals. The forest is dominated for the most part by Tupelo Gum (Nyssa aquatica), with occasional Red Maple (Acer rubrum), Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda), Sweet Bay (Magnolia virginiana), Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), and Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis). The dominant animal life form is the Beaver (Castor canadensis); water impounded behind several beaver dams along Spring Creek has a pronounced effect on the ecology of the preserve. Other animal inhabitants include the American Woodcock (Philohela minor), Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodia), Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus), Water Moccasin (Aghistrodon piscivorus), Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix), Raccoon (Procyon lotor), Opossum (Didelphis marsupialis virginiana), and various species of freshwater clams. The preserve is also home to numerous herbaceous plant species, including three species of orchids (Platanthera flava, Ponthieva racemosa and Tipularia discolor) and a rare species of cone-flower (Rudbeckia auriculata). Ebenezer Swamp is used for teaching and research purposes. Ongoing research projects include water quality testing and surveys of vegetation and macroinvertebrate diversity. Ebenezer Swamp was generously donated to the University of Montevallo by Mrs. Mildred Orr of Montevallo.

Call Us
University of Montevallo's Ebenezer Swamp Ecological Preserve

Visit Us

  • Spring Creek, approximately 6 mi. NE of Univ. of Montevallo (corner of CR 24 & Stagecoach Rd.)
  • Montevallo, AL

Region

Montevallo is located in the Birmingham & Tuscaloosa Area of the Central Alabama Region

Fees

Not provided

Hours of Operation

Open to public daily dawn-dusk
Wheelchair Accessible

Where to Stay

Upcoming Events

I want to discover my
Alabama Sweet Spot by

in
We use cookies on our website to enhance your experience. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. Learn more in our Privacy Policy.