BOTSOC 2014 Field Trip Schedule

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Please note that the entire 2014 Field Trip Schedule is now posted on this website. To view, click on the Field Trip/Workshops tab in the menu bar at the top of this page, then click on 2014 Field Trip Schedule.

April 26, 2014, Bond Swamp Canoe Trip. Important: Trip Postoned. See note below.

Posted under: Uncategorized.

The Bond Swamp canoe trip scheduled for April 26, 2014, has been postponed due to high water levels. The trip will be rescheduled for a later time, hopefully within a month.  An announcement will be made on this web-page when details are available.

Contact:  Ed McDowell,,  478-929-1267 or 478-396-8901 (cell) 


Sunday, April 27, 2014, Ft. Mountain State Park & Carters Lake Hidden Pond Trail, Murray County

Posted under: North Georgia.

Date: Sunday, April 27, 10:00 AM at Fort Mountain State Park, Murray Co., Ga. Spotted Mandarin, Disporum maculatum

Meet: 10:00 am

Description: Walk approx. 2 1/2 mi. on backcountry trail at Ft. Mountain S. P. We hope to see Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria montana), Speckled Wood Lily (Clintonia umbellulata), Spotted Mandarin (Disporum maculatum), Vasey’s Trillium (Trillium vaseyi), Pink Ladies Slippers (Cypripedium acaule), Dutchman’s Pipe Vine (Aristolochia macrophylla), Doll’s Eyes (Actaea pachypody), and many others. We will then eat lunch at picnic tables in the park. We will then travel to Carters Lake Rereg Dam Area, which will be on the way home for those traveling south, and walk a short 3/4 mi. trail. We hope to see an amazing array of plants including: Yellow Trillium (Trillium luteum), S. Nodding Trillium (T. rugelii), Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica), Columbo (Frasera caroliniensis) (not in bloom), Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon meadia), Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), and others. Convallaria pseudomajalis

 Directions to Meeting Place: From I-75 at Cartersville, Ga., take US 411 north to Chatsworth, turn right (east) on GA 52 and follow it to the entrance of the park (on the left). Drive past the office and take the first left, we’ll meet in the large picnic area parking lot on the left.

 Lunch: We will eat in Picnic Area at Ft. Mtn. State Park. Do not carry lunch on walk.

 Hike: Approx. 3 ½ – 4 mi. total. Hiking Difficulty: Ft. Mtn.: Moderate to strenuous, Carters Lake: Easy

 Facilities: At meeting & lunch site.

 Trip Leaders: Richard & Teresa Ware (706-232-3435) (cell – 706-766-5143) (




Sunday, April 27, 2014 East Palisades, CRNRA, Trip Cancelled!

Posted under: Atlanta area.

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Jerry Hightower, April 27, 2014 East Palisades, Indian Ridge to Cabin Creek Loop Trail, Spring Flora, Ferns, and Fun

NOTE:  This trip has been cancelled due to illness of Trip Leader.

Sunday, 4 May 2014 – Lake Winfield Scott Loop, Union County

Posted under: North Georgia.

Sunday, 4 May 2014 – Lake Winfield Scott Loop:  Jarrard Gap Trail/Appalachian Trail/Slaughter Creek Trail Loop, Union County, 10:00

Trip Leader:  Linda Chafin  On AT

Description:    This is a moderately strenuous hike with 1 mile on the Jarrard Gap Trail (mostly uphill), 2 miles on the Appalachian Trail (mostly level), and 2.5 miles on the Slaughter Creek Trail (mostly downhill).  We will hike through several natural communities, including both rich and acid cove forests and montane oak forest.  Interesting wildflowers that should be in bloom include yellow lady’s-slipper, pink lady’s-slipper, speckled wood lily, doll’s-eyes, blue cohosh, toothwort, umbrella leaf, yellow mandarin, perforate bellwort, six species of violet, and four species of trillium. We will see many of the day’s wildflower species in flower during the first mile (on the Jarrard Gap Trail) – feel free to come for the first mile and return when you are ready.

Directions: From Atlanta, take GA 400 north for about 60 miles, until it ends just south of Dahlonega.  Turn left there onto Ga Hwy 60 and take GA 60 toward and around Dahlonega.  Continue for about 15 miles on Hwy 60, heading toward Suches through the National Forest.  You will drive through Stone Pile Gap, bearing to the left at the pile of rocks to stay on GA 60. Continue uphill, crossing Woody Gap, then going downhill, passing Woody Lake on the right.  Shortly after the lake, watch for Ga Hwy 180 on the right (there is a service station/convenience store at that corner).  Turn right on Hwy 180 and go for about 4.5 miles.  Turn right into Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area, stop to pay the $5 entrance fee, then continue to the parking area above the lake.

Park in the parking lot above Lake Winfield Scott bath house and walk back downhill to meet at the trailhead by 10:00 AM.

Facilities:  At the convenience store and at the bathhouse on the lake near the meeting site.

Walking:  Mostly moderate with some easy and some strenuous stretches. Total distance 5.5 miles.

Lunch:  Bring to eat on trail.

Bring:  Five dollars (per vehicle) for entrance fee to Lake Winfield Scott, sturdy shoes for hiking, trekking poles, rain gear (you never know!), lunch, extra water.

Contact:  Linda Chafin,, 706-548-1697

May 10, 2014, Flint River Canoe Trip and Shoals Spider Lilies Walk, Upson County, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Posted under: Canoe Trips; Middle Georgia.

Trip Leader:  Jerry Hightower 404-953-9331

Description:  This beautiful river offers an interesting array of flora due to the Coastal Plain – Piedmont interface.  This float begins at Sprewell Bluff and winds along a five mile section ending at the outfitters.

Location:  We will meet at the Flint River Outdoor Center 4429 Woodland Road, Thomaston, GA 30286 at 8:30 a.m.  There is a small shuttle fee. Bring your own boat or rent canoes and kayaks from the outfitters.  If you would like more information on rentals or to reserve a canoe or kayak please call Flint River Outdoor Center at 706-647-2633.

Facilities: At the outfitters and Spruill Bluff

Difficulty:  Suitable for beginners with some experience canoeing or kayaking on rivers.

Bring:  Lunch, snacks, sunscreen, hat, rain gear, and water. Camera, binoculars, and hand lens are recommended. Bring a day pack or other bag and also a water proof container or bag for your valuables.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please contact Jerry Hightower at 404-953-9331 or if you are planning on joining this trip.


May 10, 2014, Historic Kettle Creek Revolutionary War Battlefield, Wilkes County

Posted under: First Time for BOTSOC; South Georgia; Uncategorized.


For information on this field trip, please click on:

May 10 Kettle Creek for Newsletter

Sunday, May 11, 2014, Bartram Trail – Buckeye Creek, near Otto, North Carolina

Posted under: Other states.

Meet: 10:00 a.m.

Leaders:  John and Tee Brower 706-782-1064

Description: The Bartram Trail-Buckeye Creek trail is a moderate-to-strenuous 5-mile round trip on a good trail. Botanical highlights include Purple-spotted Mandarin, Shooting Star, and Large Purple Phacelia. Many other typical spring mountain flora will be in flower and there are great views from a rocky outcrop.

Meet: At the front parking lot area of Ingles Grocery in Clayton (176 U.S. Hwy 441, Clayton, GA) to carpool to the trail head.

Facilities: At Ingles only, none at trail-head.

Walking Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous, 5 miles. 

Bring: Lunch, snacks, & water. Remember to dress for the weather and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Dress in layers so that you can adjust to changes in the temperature and your activity level. You may wish to bring binoculars, hand lens, notebook, and camera

Contact:  John and Tee Brower.  706-782-1064


May 17, 2014, 9:00-12 pm (Note early start time!) South Townsend WMA, McIntosh County,

Posted under: South Georgia.

Saturday, May 17, 2014, 9:00 am-12 pm (Note early start time due to temperature) South Townsend WMA, McIntosh County, Sand Hills, Near Plum Orchard Cemetery

Trip Leaders: James Holland (Former Altamaha Riverkeeper) and Bobby Hattaway

Description: We will explore an area of sand hills that was under intensive silviculture management of the non-native sand pine for approximately 40 years.  This property was purchased by the state of Georgia several years ago and so far about 500 acres of sand pine have been clearcut and are being restored to longleaf pine-wire grass habitat. Amazingly, after the removal of the sand pines, native sandhill species started coming back the very first spring. There are a number of rare plant species on site such as Scurf Hoary-pea (Tephrosia chrysophylla), Trailing Milkvine (Matelea pubiflora), and Pondspice (Litsea aestivalis), along with many other species of sandhill communities, such as Maroon Sandhills Spurge (Euphorbia exserta), Dollarleaf Snout Bean (Rhynchosia reniformis), Sandhill Lupine (Lupinus villosus), Sundial Lupine (Lupinus perennis), Deerberry (Vaccinium stamineum), Queen’s Delight (Stillingia sylvatica), Small-flowered Pawpaw (Asimina parviflora), and many more. For those that have never visited a sand hills site this should be a very exciting adventure.

Location and Directions:  We will meet at 9:00 in Darien at the Darien Outlet Mall located at the intersection of I-95 and GA Highway 251 (Exit 49), in the parking lot of the Ruby Tuesday’s Restaurant in the outlet mall at 9:00 A.M.  From there we will consolidate into a caravan to travel to the site about 20-25 minutes away. This trip is expected to last about three hours total.

Facilities: There are no bathroom facilities on site other than the wilds.

Walking difficulty: Should be relatively easy; the site consists of rolling hills.

Bring:  Water, snacks, note books, cameras, binoculars (optional), and insect repellent. Wear some kind of head gear and dress for a warm south Georgia climate.

Contact:  Bobby Hattaway:  912.653-2228 Home or Cell 912.481-3011 on day of trip (but no guarantee of coverage in the boonies);  Email:

Sunday, May 18, 2014, Chestatee River Canoe Float & Spring Flora, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

Posted under: Canoe Trips; North Georgia.

Trip Leader:  Jerry Hightower Chestatee Canoe TripG

Description: The beautiful Chestatee River flows out of the mountains north of Dahlonega into the Chattahoochee and is an easy 6.3 mile float punctuated with several very mild rapids. Paddle past banks covered with rhododendron and mountain laurel, ferns, and wildflowers. River birch, oaks, and sycamores tower overhead, draped with muscadine, Virginia creeper, and cross vine.  Sheer cliffs slip into currents that flow around the remains of old gold mining operations. We will stop at Big Bend Beach for a picnic lunch and perhaps a swim. This river is more beautiful than the gold beneath its waters.

Location:  We will meet at the Appalachian Outfitters Outpost on Highway 60 near Dahlonega at 10:00 a.m.  There is a small shuttle fee. Bring your own boat or rent canoes and kayaks for the outfitters.  If you would like more information on rentals or to reserve a canoe or kayak please call Appalachian Outfitters at 1-800-426-7117.

Facilities: Restrooms and changing rooms are available at Appalachian Outfitters Outpost 

Difficulty:  Suitable for beginners with some experience on rivers.  Class 1.5

Bring:  Lunch, snacks, sunscreen, hat, rain gear, and water. Camera, binoculars, and hand lens are recommended. Bring a day pack or other bag and also a water proof container or bag for your valuables

Please contact Jerry Hightower at 404-953-9331 or if you are planning on joining this trip.




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