February 24, 2008: Camellia Gardens Tour and Bike Ride - with a prelude at Montezuma Bluffs.
Time: 10 AM at Montezuma Bluffs, 12 Noon at Camellia Gardens
Description: Plans are to start the day at Montezuma Bluffs on the Flint River, where a few early Trilliums (T. maculatum and T. reliquum) should be out, perhaps with other early flora. Following the walk at Montezuma Bluffs, the group will reassemble at Camellia Gardens and Kathy will lead a tour of the Camellia Gardens in Marshallville. After the Gardens tour, the group will take a moderate bike ride on dirt roads with fat tire bikes to see peach country (peaches probably won't be blooming, farmers sprayed them to delay it), a leisurely close up look at the really lovely unspoiled Old South. Bring a picnic lunch.
Directions: to Montezuma Bluffs: From Marshallville, travel on GA Hwy 49 south toward Montezuma. Approximately 2.2 mi north of Montezuma on GA 49, Crooks Landing Road will be on the right (heading east). Turn onto Crooks Landing Road (There will be a brown boat launch sign for the road). In less than 1 mile, the road will begin to descend sharply, and you will see a large graveled parking area on the north (right side) of the road. Park there.
to Camellia Gardens in Marshallville:
From I-75 at Byron exit 149 to GA Hwy 49 S to Fort Valley. Continue south on GA Hwy 49 about five miles to the gardens on the left.
From I-75 at Perry exit 135 to GA Hwy 127 to Marshallville Georgia. In Marshallville turn right onto GA Hwy 49 N; travel two miles north to Massee Lane on the right.
Meet At: Montezuma Bluffs parking area (10 AM) if you plan to attend the early part of the day.
Meet At: Camellia Gardens (12 Noon) for the tour and bike ride.
Facilities: At the gardens.
Walking/Biking: easy walk at Montezuma Bluffs on trail / moderate bike ride
Lunch: Bring picnic lunch
Bring: Dress for weather of the day.
Contact: Kathy Stege, firstname.lastname@example.org