The Burden Woods covers approximately 150 acres of the Botanic Gardens 440 acres and is primarily a bottomland hardwood forest. The dominant overstory plants are sweet gum, sycamore, cypress, black willow, water oak, red maple, overcup, willow, water and swamp chestnut, shellbark hickory, hackberry and elm. A rain-fed wetland called the "Black Swamp" lies at the northern end of the trail system with 200 year old tupelos. The Burden Woods is also home to Trees and Trails, a trail system that was part of the Steele Burden's vision to provide the community access to an urban forest. The Burden Woods incurred extensive damage during Hurricane Gustav and the woods are currently being restored with the help of the Baton Rouge community through an annual tree planting event, Arbor Day at Burden. The Burden Woods is also home to the docent lead educational program for school children, Trees and Trails/Project Learning Tree.