Warnings are posted along the Salt Marsh Trail to remind people to stay away from the poison ivy. This plant causes extreme itching on contact with the skin of both humans and animals. Swellings, bumps and blisters may follow.
Poison ivy plants are characterized by green leaves arranged in groups of three. They look fairly harmless and are either found by themselves in a large mass or hidden among other plants. Along the Salt Marsh Trail, they are right at the edge of the path in some places, making it very easy for an unsuspecting child or dog to brush up against.
This year’s especially wonderful growing season has enabled most plants to grow earlier in the season and larger than usual. Poison ivy is no exception. Please exercise caution along the trail and in the woods as you enjoy the outdoors this summer.