February 25, 2017, 12:00 pm, Trout Lilies at Paces Mill, CRNRA, Cobb County

Posted under: Atlanta area .

Meet: 12:00 pm, (note special meeting time) at the Paces Mill Pocket Parking Lot off Us Highway 41

Erythronium umbilicanum

Trout Lily, Erythronium umbilicanum

Description: What better way to anticipate spring than to wonder at the site of hundreds of Trout lilies, Erythronium umbilicanum, covering the hillsides above Rottenwood Creek in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. The 12:00 pm meeting time is scheduled to coincide with the early afternoon opening of these exquisite wildflowers. There will be an optional walk to see the ruins at the old Akers Mill grist mill, which is also covered with Trout Lilies.  We may also see the rare bay star vine, Schisandra glabra, although it will not yet be in bloom.

Location: Palisades Unit, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area,  Paces Mill parking area; 3445 Cobb Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30339.  The Paces Mill parking area is located on the north side of the Chattahoochee River and on the east side of S. Cobb Parkway, US Hy 41 in Smyrna,  1.4 miles south of I-285.  For map, see www.nps.gov/chat

Walking: About 3 miles, flat except for the short but steep climb up to the old mill ruins.

Facilities:  Restrooms at parking area.

Bring:  $3.00 parking fee or annual or senior national park pass; water and snack to eat on the walk.  Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.

Leader: Mike Christison (770) 973-6482, mikepaddler@netscape.net.  Cell for day of walk: (770) 596-3564