For an area to be considered a wetland, it must meet three important criteria: wetland hydrology, hydric soils, and hydrophytic vegetation. Typically, if an area has wetland hydrology, the soils and vegetation will follow. The key feature in distinguishing wetland hydrology is the difference between the elevation of the water table and the elevation of the land surface. If that distance is 1 foot or less, you most likely are in a wetland. Additional measures of this are how long the water stays in the wetland. The easiest way to discern a wetland is by looking at its vegetation. There are certain wetland indicator plants, such as Red Maple or cattails that are quick keys to a wetland. See if you can spot the wetlands on the trail. Remember, wetlands may not be there when you visit since their presence depends on the season and how wet or dry the weather has been.