September 20, 2014, Grand Bay and Lake Louise, Lowndes County

Posted under: South Georgia .

 

Field Trip Leader:  Richard Carter

Meet: 10:00 am at The Grand Bay Wetland Education Center parking area, 4661 Knights Academy Road, Valdosta, GA 31605

Description: Imagine a walk through a Carolina Bay swamp without getting your feet wet, including spectacular aerial views! A quarter-mile boardwalk and 50 foot observation tower at Grand Bay Wetland Education Center afford the opportunity to observe a great diversity of aquatic vegetation and interesting patterns of zonation, including lots of graminoids and floating mats with water-spider orchid. At another site, we will observe the vegetation along the margin of a lime-sink pond, with a boardwalk providing easy access through a dense evergreen shrub bog, featuring such specialties as Georgia fever-bark, loblolly bay, cypress-knee sedge, white-arrow arum, and ball moss.

Directions: From I-75 exit 22, take North Valdosta Road east 3.9 miles to Inner Perimeter Road. Turn left on Inner Perimeter Road and travel 1.5 miles to Bemiss Road (Hwy. GA 125). Turn left (north) onto Bemiss Road. Travel about 1 mile to Knights Academy Road. Turn right (east) onto Knights Academy Road. Travel 4.9 miles until your reach the Grand Bay WMA gate on the left. Turn left (north) onto the gravel road, and travel 0.8 mile until you reach a T-intersection. Turn left (west), travel about 0.1 mile to the Grand Bay Wetland Education Center parking area.

Bathroom Facilities: none

Walking Difficulty: This hike is easy to moderate.

Bring: Lunch, snacks, & water. We will eat lunch at the Grand Bay Wetland Education Center parking area. Remember to dress for the weather and wear comfortable hiking shoes. You may wish to bring binoculars, hand lens, notebook, and camera.

Contact: Richard Carter, rcarter@valdosta.edu, (229) 506-2099 (cell), (229) 333-5763 (VSU office, voice), (229) 333-5338 (VSU Herbarium).