Posted under: South Georgia.
The 2014 BotSoc Pilgrimage will be held in Waycross, GA, Mar 28-30 2014. We have reserved rooms at The Quality Inn in Waycross for $52.95 per night and at the Hampton Inn for $70 per night. The full program will be available in early to mid December.
Posted under: South Georgia.
Meet: 1:00, NOTE LATE START TIME! Meet at parking lot at the Wal-Mart store in Cairo, GA.
Trip Leaders: Beth Grant and Ed McDowell
Description: The Wolf Creek Tract is a 140-acre preserve owned by Grady County, managed by local conservation organizations, and recognized as the greatest expanse – about 8 acres – of trout lilies (Erythronium umbilicatum) in the world. Mixed in with the trout lilies are spotted trillium and three orchid species, Southern Twayblade (Listera australis), Wister’s Coralroot (Corallorhiza wisteriana), and Crane Fly Orchid (Tipularia discolor). (Depending on our winter, the latter two orchids may not have emerged.) These along with other early spring wildflowers and the surrounding rich mesic forest will make this northeast-facing seep seem like a botanical wonderland.
Directions: Use any map program and navigate to the Wal-Mart parking lot on US Hwy 84 in Cairo, Ga. My preferred route from the north is I-75 south of Cordele, then take GA 300 through Albany to south of Pelham (Meigs). Turn right (SW) onto GA Hwy 111 and proceed to Cairo. At the intersection with US Hwy 84, turn left (SE) and go for about 2 blocks – Wal-Mart will be on your left. We will caravan from the parking lot to the site.
Facilities: None at the site.
Difficulty: The site will be damp with maybe standing water in a few places so bring appropriate foot ware. Walking is easy.
Bring: Bring snacks, water, hand lens, camera, and rain gear.
Contact: Beth Grant < firstname.lastname@example.org> or Ed McDowell <email@example.com> 478-396-8901.
Posted under: North Georgia.
Meet: 10:00 at the Pocket Parking Lot. Note: Reservations not required for this trip.
Description: Every year we look forward to spring and a trip to what is perhaps Georgia’s premier spot for early spring wildflowers. This area, part of the Cumberland Plateau, contains many species rare to our state. We hope to see Virginia bluebells, celandine poppy, Dutchman’s-breeches, harbinger of spring, spring beauty and Ohio buckeye, along with a large number of other wildflowers. And, since our trip is a little early this year due to next week’s wildflower pilgrimage, there is an excellent chance of seeing twin-leaf in bloom at a nearby site.
Directions: From I-75 exit 320, go west on GA 136, crossing US 27 onto GA 193 into downtown LaFayette. From South Main Street, follow GA 193 for 8 mi. to Davis Crossroads, at intersection with GA 341. Turn left on Hog Jowl Rd (sometimes unmarked but paved), and go south 2.6 mi passing Mt Herman Baptist Church. At top of next hill, turn left on Pocket Rd and drive 1.2 mi to end. Parking is on left and handicapped parking is on the right.
Walking: Short and easy around parking lot and on boardwalk. Optional moderate walk to falls and easy bushwhacking to twin leaf site.
Facilities: None at site. Fast food restaurants on North Main Street in LaFayette.
Lunch: Bring to eat in parking lot.
Note: A Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP) is now required for 31 GA WMA properties, including all of Pigeon Mountain, but is not required for those under 16 or over 64. It may be purchased on-line and by phone, but not at the site. For more info: http://www.georgiawildlife.com/Georgia-Outdoor-Recreational-Pass
Leader: Mike Christison (770) 973-6482, firstname.lastname@example.org. Cell for day of walk: (770) 596-3564 (reception not guaranteed!)
Posted under: Atlanta area.
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, West Palisades Harbinger of Spring Discovery Hike, Akers Mill to Paces Mill, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 pm
Trip Leader: Jerry Hightower
Description: Join the Georgia Botanical Society and naturalist Jerry Hightower to celebrate spring and take a look at the mid- spring forest, signs of wildlife, and great views from atop the West Palisades Ridge. This will be an excellent opportunity to better learn this area with the leaves not yet fully obstructing the views of the rugged topography. The hike will lead us across the upper section of Trout Lily Creek, though a mature oak – hickory forest, around Blood Rock Ridge, along Rottenwood Creek to the ruins of Akers Mill, and along the river to Paces Mill. We will see the dramatic effects of the Brevard Fault, great botanical areas, and the site of “Nancy Old Towne”, a Woodland Culture Village site. Please note: persons wishing a shorter hike have the option of leaving the group at Rottenwood Creek and proceeding directly to Paces Mill, which is .5 miles by multi-use trail.
Location: Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, West Palisades Unit: We will meet at Paces Mill parking area; 3445 Cobb Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30339 and shuttle everyone to our starting location at Akers Drive. We will leave as many cars as possible at Paces Mill. If you drive a multi-passenger vehicle and could help with the shuttle, please let me know. We will conclude our walk at Paces Mill. For directions see www.nps.gov/chat
Facilities: Restrooms are located at Paces Mill.
Difficulty: This hike will be moderately strenuous.
Bring: A lunch and water to carry along and we will picnic in the forest. You may wish to bring binoculars, hand lens, and camera. $3.00 daily parking fee or annual parking pass needed.
Please contact Jerry Hightower at 404-953-9331 or email@example.com if you are planning on joining this trip.