Gold Branch Unit; Forest Loop Hike
Wednesday; April 8, 2009 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Description: Join the National Park Service for a great spring loop hike through the oak, hickory, and beech forest and Rhododendron/Mountain Laurel thickets along the ridges above Bull Sluice Lake. This is an excellent area for viewing wildlife. One of the park’s very impressive small “benchmark” streams will hopefully yield salamanders and other tiny organisms important to trout and the river ecosystem. We will see a wonderful array of native wildflowers, ferns, and shrubs in a beautiful forest environment.
Location: We will meet in the parking area and trail head in the parking area on Lower Roswell Road in Cobb County.
Difficulty: This hike is moderately strenuous with a few steep slopes and one fairly difficult steep creek ravine.
Bring: Remember to dress for the weather and wear very 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.
Note: A $3. daily entrance fee or $25. annual pass is required.
Information: Jerry Hightower; 770-206-0338, cell; 678-538-1245, office; or firstname.lastname@example.org
Reservations are required by calling 678-538-1200.
Limit: 25 persons