Saturday, October 25, 2014, Banks County, GA, Piedmont Property of Sue Mager
Posted under: North Georgia .
Field Trip Leader: Sue Mager
Description: We will explore meadows and beaver ponds/wetland areas on this trip. In the morning, we will take an easy walk through several open fields to see a variety of fall wildflowers (mostly asters), including the Georgia Aster. We will also see a variety of grasses. After lunch we will hike/wade along 20 year old beaver habitat, identifying pond flora and fauna along the way.
Location & Directions: GPS might work if you use neighbor’s address: 285 Moccasin Gap Rd, Lula, GA 30554 (Please verify that it matches directions below.)
From Atlanta: Take I-85 north to I-985 north, which becomes GA 365 after Gainesville. About 8 miles past Gainesville, pass GA 52 and take the next right onto Athens St. Go through stop sign in Lula and follow GA 51 towards Homer to mile marker 4, turn left on Mt Sinai. Turn left at the first paved road, Moccasin Gap Rd. Go 0.2 mile and turn left into driveway with mailbox for #285. Bear right at fork and go to the second field to the house.
From Clayton/Clarkesville: Take GA 365 south to Tribble Gap Rd (the crossroad after Mud Creek Rd) and turn left. Go to end, turn left onto County Line Rd. Go through stop sign and road name changes to Moccasin Gap Rd. Go 3.2 miles, turn right at mailbox for #285. Bear right at fork and go to the second field to the house.
From Athens: Take US 441 north through Commerce; after 3 miles turn left on GA 164 west. After 3 more miles, turn left on GA 51 west. After 6.5 miles, turn right on Mt Sinai Rd. Turn left at the first paved road, Moccasin Gap Rd. In 0.2 mile, turn left at mailbox with #285. Bear right at fork and go to the second field to the house.
Bathroom Facilities: Yes
Walking Difficulty: The morning part through the fields is easy, one hill, less than a mile; afternoon is moderate with some steep up/downhill areas, also less than a mile, and may have to cross shallow water, depending on recent rainfall.
Bring: Lunch, snacks, & water. We will eat on the porch at the house. Remember to dress for the weather and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Will need water boots or waders, or bring old boots that you don’t mind getting wet for the afternoon part to the beaver ponds. You may wish to bring binoculars, hand lens, and camera. Also, it would be helpful if you can wear something brightly colored, since deer hunting season has begun. Several orange safety vests will be available, but please bring yours if you have one.