May 23, 2015, at 9:30 am Forest Service Roadside Botanizing in the Cohutta Mountains, Gilmer & Fannin Counties
Posted under: North Georgia.
Trip Leader: Rich Reaves
Meet: Saturday, May 23 at 9:30 am (Note early time), Pinhoti Trail Parking Area on FS90
Description: We will drive along the Forest Service roads stopping to look at flowers along the way. There will be several short excursions form the cars, always along the road. We can expect to find several trilliums, 4-leaved milkweed (Asclepias quadrifolia), wild geranium (Geranium maculatum), Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum), lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majuscula), wood betony (Pedicularis canadensis), fire pink (Silene virginica), and much more. Some years the Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica) is spectacular.
Directions: Take I-575/ GA 515 north to East Ellijay to turn left on GA 52 west. At approximately 5 miles west of the square on GA 52, turn right on Gates Chapel Road. When pavement ends, take the right fork (Wilderness Trail/ FR 90 – which is almost straight ahead); Gates Chapel continues as the left fork and you do not want to continue on that. At approximately 0.9 mile, continue straight on FR 90 (DO NOT turn left at WMA sign for Pinhoti Trail) and continue another 0.1 mile to Pinhoti Trail Parking on right side of FR 90(really just a wide turn out at a gated service road).
Carpooling is encouraged to minimize our parking footprint on the narrow unpaved roads.
Walking: Easy, probably all within 500 feet of cars.
Facilities: Only what nature provides.
Bring: Lunch, water, bug spray.
Contact: Rich Reaves rich.reaves@ att.net 770-827-5186 – cell but may not have service at trailhead
All photos by Anita & Richard Reaves