February 3, 2018, Winter Woods, Trees, and Rocks, Pine Mountain, (Bartow County), Trip Leader: Scott Ranger

Posted under: North Georgia.

February 3, 2018, Winter Woods, Trees, and Rocks, Pine Mountain, (Bartow County),  Trip Leader: Scott Ranger

Meet: 10:00 am at the Pine Mountain West Trailhead

Description: This winter woods walk will be a bit more of a hike. The trail makes a figure 8 climbing and descending Pine Mountain. We’ll be stopping wherever we find something interesting to examine, here many cool rocks, montane longleaf pine and ravines where the coastal plain, piedmont and Blue Ridge meet.

Directions: From I-75 take Exit 288, Main Street and to east. Where the road appears to suddenly end, turn right to the Pine Mountain West Trailhead on the left. Walking: This is a total of 4.5 miles that includes a climb of 423 feet in ¾ mile on the west and a return climb of 413 feet in 1 mile on the east.

Facilities: none

Lunch: bring to eat on trail

Leader: Scott Ranger scott@scottranger.com 404-210-3088 cell

February 17, 2018, Trilliums and Trout Lilies, Tallahassee, FL and Grady County, GA

Posted under: South Georgia.

Meet: On 2/17/18 at 9:45~10:00 am at 1400 Village Square Blvd, Tallahassee, FL. 

Trillium underwoodii, photo by Dan Miller


Description: If you love Trilliums, Trout Lilies, Spring ephemerals and old growth trees this field trip is for you. The timing of the trip will coincide with the peak flowering period of Trillium underwoodii and Erythronium umbilicatum and a few other spring ephemerals. North Florida’s Red Hills region has rolling terrain dissected with rivers, streams and lakes. This area still has considerable natural habitat diversity due to its plantation history since the late 1800’s.
We will visit Trillium Gardens, a 7 acre preserve in north Tallahassee owned by Dan Miller. It is a remnant old growth ravine slope beech/magnolia forest home to 250,000 Trillium underwoodii and many other Spring ephemerals. As time and interest allow, we may visit 1 or 2 other nearby sites with similar Trillium abundance before heading back to GA in the afternoon to briefly visit the Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve near Cairo, GA. This preserve, located at the southern limit of its natural range, has the largest and most dense population of trout lilies known to exist anywhere.

Directions: From Thomasville, GA take US 319 south into Tallahassee, FL. At the 4th traffic light(about 5 miles) turn right into the Village Square shopping center, 1400 Village Square Blvd. Park near the Tesla charging station. For those coming from the east or west on I-10 take exit 203, turn north and then turn left at the 3rd(from the east) or 4th(from the west) traffic light and then immediately right into the Village Square parking lot. Look for the Tesla charging station. The field trip site is 3532 Trillium Ct, Tallahassee, FL for those who wish to travel directly or are late.

Walking: Short and easy. Facilities at home.

Lunch: Bring your lunch or we can stop by nearby fast food shops.

Leaders: Dan Miller, Wilson Baker. Cell # 850-2129533.

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

Posted under: Atlanta area.

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, janetrentin@yahoo.com.  Cell phone for day of hike (770) 598-5291.

Sunday, March 25, 2018, The Pocket of Pigeon Mountain, Walker County

Posted under: Northwest Georgia.

Sunday, March 25, 2018,  The Pocket of Pigeon Mountain, Walker County

Virginia Bluebells, Mertensia virginica

Meet: 10:00 am at the Pocket Parking Lot.
Description:  Every year we look forward to spring and a trip to Georgia’s premier spot for early spring wildflowers.  Pigeon Mountain, part of the Cumberland Plateau, contains many species rare to our state: Virginia bluebells, celandine poppy, bent trillium, Ohio buckeye, and a huge variety of other wildflowers. After lunch, we may take a short drive to a nearby location where we have found twinleaf blooming in the past.
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 

Twinleaf, Jeffersonia dyphylla

Crossroads, at intersection with GA 341. Turn left on Hog Jowl Rd (sometimes unmarked but paved), 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.  Main parking is on left, with handicapped parking on the right.                                                                                                                                                             
Walking: Short and easy around parking lot. 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:  GORP Licenses are no longer available. A license that includes the privilege to hunt or fish on state lands is all that is needed to shoot on state shooting ranges, or be on state WRD lands. All persons 16 and older on designated state WRD lands must have an individual basic hunting or fishing privilege
Leader: Mike Christison (770) 973-6482, mikepaddler@aol.com.  Cell for day of walk: (770) 596-3564 (reception not guaranteed)