Stop 1-Yellow Birch (Betula lutea)

Near the beginning of the trail there is a very distinctive yellow birch tree. Look for its shiny, golden bark that peels back from the tree in thin, film-like strips. Yellow birch has simple, unlobed, alternate, finely-toothed leaves. It is very common in the northeast, especially in the Green Mountains. Similar to sugar maple, the sap of the yellow birch can be tapped and boiled down into a wintergreen-flavored syrup, and its twigs and inner bark are sometimes used to make herbal tea.

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