May 13, 2017,  9:00 (Note Early Time) Woody Gap, Spring Ephemerals, Lumpkin County

Posted under: North Georgia .

Meet: 9:00 am. (Note Early Time) at the trailhead  at Woody Gap, near the paved parking lot and bathroom.

Description: The hike is on a beautiful part of the Appalachian Trail. View lush deciduous forests, ferns and spring wildflowers. We will start hiking east on an easy part of the trail, We will venture up the steeper portion to Preacher’s rock if agreed upon by the group. The view from Preacher’s Rock is one of the prettiest in the Blood Mountain Wilderness area.

Location/Directions:  From Dahlonega:  Take GA 60 (on either the Bypass or the Business route) north from Dahlonega.  Where US 19 and GA 60 split at Rockpile Gap, take GA 60 to the left.  The parking lot at Woody Gap is on the right, about 17 miles from Dahlonega. Go slow: this is a winding 2 lane mountain road, with lots of motorcycles on weekends.

Bring: water, a light snack, sturdy shoes, camera and bug spray.  Free paved parking.

Facilities: Bathrooms at Woody Gap

Walking length and difficulty 2.3 miles. The first 2/3 is easy and the last 1/3 is Moderate/Difficult.

Field Trip Leader, Rachel Perez, Rachel.ann.perez@gmail.com , 678 232 9291