Manager's Message

Manager's Message Fort Cooper State Park

Christopher Raby, Park Manager

Cooler mornings and crisp fresh air are with us. This is a great time to have a picnic or enjoy walking on one of our three nature trails. Fort Cooper has over 5 miles of hiking trails and six distinct natural communities. My favorite natural community is the sandhill community with many rare species of plants and animals. This time of year offers wonderful viewing opportunities to see wildlife and wildflowers.

We have been working hard restoring the sandhill community by prescribed burning and hardwood removal. If you look closely at the pine trees, you will see the evidence of fire on the trunks of the trees.

My staff and my volunteers are the backbone of the park and are very dedicated to helping preserve the over 700 acres of Fort Cooper State Park.