Saturday, September 16, Black Creek Bog, Taylor Co. 

Posted under: South Georgia .

Meet:  10:00 AM, at junction of Kelley Foster Rd. and GA Hwy. 96.  This is very close to the Talbot Co. line ca. 10 mi. west of Butler.  Last side road to the left going west, or first road to right in Taylor Co. coming from the west.

Description:  A true Fall Line Sandhill experience awaits you from deep sand uplands to a pitcherplant peat bog.  This area is the Sandhills WMA – West Tract.  The peat bog along Black Creek offers eastern cottongrass (Eriophorum virginicum) growing among sweet pitcherplants (Sarracenia rubra).  Surrounding uplands are longleaf pine woodlands with any number of early fall blooming legumes and composites. Note:  Roads in WMA are generally good but sandy.  We will carpool on site into cars/trucks with high clearance.

Location:  The Sandhills WMA – West Tract is south of GA Hwy. 96 about 10 mi. west of Butler.  From the Meeting Place (see above) we will go south on Kelley Foster Rd., bear right at the first intersection.  The entrance kiosk is then soon on your left.

Walking:  Short, easy walks from vehicles, mostly on trails.  Bog access is an exciting off trail excursion.

Facilities:   No facilities on site.

Bring:  Rubber boots for bog, hiking boots for uplands recommended.  The bog has peaty wet areas, the uplands are open and sandy; tick and insect repellent; chiggers can be fierce; sun hat, sunscreen.  Bring lunch or snacks to eat near vehicles.

Leader:  Tom Patrick (404) 293-2948, tom.patrick@dnr.ga.gov.