Sunday, February 25, 2018, Trout Lilies & Hepatica, Stone Mountain Park, DeKalb Co.

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Sunday, February 25, 2018
Meet:  10:00 a.m. at the bottom of the walk up trail at Stone Mountain Park
Description:  By the end of February, trout lilies, Erythronium umbilicatum, should be at their peak at Stone Mountain.  We will start on a connector trail at the base of the mountain and hike into the Nature Garden where we can explore some lesser traveled sidetrails with an abundance of this fleeting flower.  From there we will get on the Cherokee Trail which will take us the rest of the way around the mountain.  We should hopefully be able to spot a little hepatica in bloom also.
Directions:  From I285, take the Hwy 78 exit and go east.  Follow the signs for the park entrance. Once in the park, turn right at the intersection in front of the depot.  Go about half a mile to the west gate entrance and look for the walk up trail parking on your left.
Walking:  We will be hiking at a moderate pace stopping to inspect the flowers and to take photographs.  Once past the playground area, we will make fewer stops in order to complete the approximately six mile loop by early afternoon.  There are restrooms at the start of the hike, at the playground, at the gristmill and at the depot. 
Lunch: Bring a lunch to have at some point during our hike.
Fees:  Stone Mountain charges an entrance fee of up to $14, or you may purchace an annual pass.  You may avoid this fee by parking at the caboose parking at the far end of the main street in the Village of Stone Mountain and walking into the park via the PATH trail.  Turn left once into the park, go under the train trestle, and the walk up trail parking lot will be on your right.
Leader:  Jane Trentin (770) 978-1839,  Cell phone for day of hike (770) 598-5291.