April 29, 2017, Hemlock Falls Trail, Moccasin Creek State Park, Rabun County

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Saturday, April 29, 2017,  10:00 am,  Hemlock Falls Trail,   Moccasin Creek State Park, Rabun County

Notes: This park is located in Rabun but has a Habersham address.

Registration with the leader is required for this trip

Meet:  10:00 at the Hemlock Falls Trail head parking area. Once you cross into the park look for the small signpost that states “Hemlock Falls Trailhead.”  It is on a post to the left.

Description: This trip will visit a somewhat remote state park on the shores of Lake Buton. From the trailhead parking area, we will wander up a beautiful Rhododendron lined trail to an excellent waterfall. The trail is an easy wide hill that follows along Moccasin Creek for just over a mile.  On  the way, we will see several small waterfalls and many spring wildflowers, especially mountain or cliff saxifrage, Hydactica petiolaris (Saxifraga michauxii)

Bring: water, a pack lunch, camera, field guide, hiking poles, $5 parking fee or annual GA parks pass.

Leader: Maureen Donohue  marinadono67@gmail.com  770-990-7756.

Facilities:  Bathrooms available just inside the park and before you drive down to the hemlock trail parking area.

Directions: GPS Coordinates:  N 34.844916 | W -83.588087

The park is located at 3655 Highway 197, Clarkesville GA, 30523,

There are several ways to travel from Metro Atlanta – I-85 or GA400. You will connect to  Georgia Hwy 197 from Clarkesville or Clayton. For directions from other areas, contact the leader.

Carpooling Note:  Route 197 North from Clarkesville is a slow winding mountain road.  We could meet at the corner of Grant and Bridge Streets in Clarkesville where there is a small public parking lot & bathroom. If interested in carpooling, please advise the leader.

Camping / Fishing: There are tent and RV campsites.  Contact Reservations at  800-864-7275. If  you are 65 or older, you may fish at the platform in the park on the stream which contains trout as well as other fish. For more info, call the park office at 706 947-3194, starting March 16, 2017 when the park reopens.