A good number of Botsoccers and guests of the Park joined naturalist Jerry Hightower on this midweek walk along beautiful Fox Creek. This is a fairly heavily forested area now, with oak and hickory dominant, but Jerry asked us all to imagine what it looked like devoid of all trees in the 1850's, when cotton was planted in this part of Cobb County. Little from that era remains, aside from roads now used as trails. And cotton has been replaced by a number of native plants, many of which were blooming. The highlights of the day were three Trillium species (T. cuneatum, T. catesbaei, and T. rugelii), two wood sorrels, (Oxalis violacea and O. stricta), Piedmont azalea (Rhododendron canescens), and two Jacks-in-the Pulpit, including the uncommon Arisaema triphyllum, ssp. quinatum, which appears to have 5 leaflets. Also, a large number of Sweet Shrub (Calycanthus floridus) lining both sides of the trail for quite a distance, Green-and-Gold (Chrysogonum virginianum), Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum), and Cinquefoil (Potentilla simplex), along with a dozen other wildflowers, all of which added several shades of color to this interesting part of metro Atlanta.
Jerry will be leading several other hikes, as well as canoe trips, in the Park this spring. Consult the "upcoming trips" schedule on this web-site for details.