Sunday, April 23, 2017, Spring Flora and Ferns, East Palisades, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Cobb County

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East Palisades, CRNRA

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

East Palisades, Indian Ridge to Cabin Creek Loop Trail

Spring Flora, Ferns, and Fun

Sunday; April 23, 2017

10:00 am to 3:30 pm

Trip Leader: Jerry Hightower

Description: Join the Georgia Botanical Society and National Park Service Naturalist Jerry Hightower for a look at this beautiful area in spring’s glory and the sunset from Overlook Ridge where you will enjoy the grand view above Devil’s Race Course Shoals of this very scenic section of river.  We will take Cabin Creek Trail through a beautiful forest in its along Cabin Creek and hike up the ridge past Civil War gun emplacements .  We will travel above rock cliffs, through mature oak-hickory forest, mesic ravine forest, and floodplain forest. Our hike will take us over and past extraordinary rock outcrops and formations influenced by the Brevard Fault, which runs through the Unit.  We will see spring wildflowers, ferns, and perhaps a salamander or two.

Location: Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, East Palisades Unit; meet at 10:00 am in the Indian Trail parking area and trail head; 1425 Indian Trail NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30327 at the bulletin board.  Go south on Northside Drive and Indian Trail is the fourth street on the right.  Indian Trail goes directly into the park.  

Facilities:  None

Difficulty:  Moderately strenuous.  There are several steep ascents and descents.

Bring: Remember to bring a lunch to eat in the forest.  Dress for the weather and wear very comfortable hiking shoes.  Dress in layers so that you can adjust to changes in the temperature and your activity level.  Carry water. You may wish to bring binoculars, hand lens, notebook, and camera.  Note: A $3. daily entrance fee or $35. annual pass is required.

Limit:  30 persons                                                                                                                       

Please contact Jerry Hightower at 770-206-0338 or jerryhightower@hotmail.com if you are planning on joining this trip.

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