Broad River Trail with Kathy and Sue 3.21.20

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2020
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Leader(s): Kathy Stege and Sue Harmon, Master Naturalist
Location: Broad River Trail
Outing Description: We’ll be taking in about ½ of the Broad River Trail on an in-and-out hike through the Middle Fork Broad River Mountain Treasure, one of the most pristine sections of the Piedmont in Georgia, and an area that was settled in the 1780’s. This trail traverses forests dominated by native oaks and shortleaf pine and occasionally a few loblolly pine plantations, which of course are not natural, but are quite common in the surrounding landscape, hence the importance of protecting this area. This Georgia Mountain Treasure harbors the southern range margin populations of typical mountain species like hemlock, Fraser magnolia, and white pines which spring from the north-facing slopes along the Middle Fork. We might see evidence of beavers along Dick’s Creek, paw paw, and likely more than a few spring ephemerals. Evidence of controlled burns in the area are possible as well.

Meeting Place Directions:Check Station on Guard Camp Rd – Lake Russell Wildlife Management Area
Use the Google map link below to determine the best route from your starting location.  After meeting up at the check station we will carpool a 10-minute drive on a gravel road down to the trail head where parking is limited.
See meeting place on Google Maps

Distance and Difficulty: We’ll hike about 2 miles in, eat lunch, and then 2 miles back out. Leisurely pace. Typical ups and downs, roots and rocks along the trail.

What to Bring and Wear: Lunch, sit-upon, plenty of water, rain gear, sturdy footwear. If allergic to bees/wasps, remember to bring your meds/epi-pen. 

Cancellation: Registrants will be notified by email, by 6:00 pm the evening before the hike, if the outing is cancelled due to forecast of severe weather, etc. If you do not receive an email by 6 pm and you are concerned about the weather, please call Outreach Coordinator Andrew Linker at 770.530.3287.

Pet Policy: No pets this time.
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