Sawmill Gap - Wayah Bald, NC

November 9, 2004

HIKERS - Phil Brownrigg, Ray Cowan, Jack Jacobi, Wayne Miller, Bob Presley, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, Dan Ross, Jack Slaton, Bob Thompson, Geri Whitaker, David Whitaker .

TRAIL INFO. - Today, we hiked on The Bartram Trail starting at Sawmill Gap and hiking to Wayah Bald and back. The trail is well maintained and easy to hike.

Directions: Trail access - Sawmill Gap off of State highway 1310 (Wayah Road) A couple of miles past Wayah Crest - turn right onto F.S. Road 711 (Sawmill Gap Road) and continue another couple of miles to the Sawmill Gap sign.

Another great day for a hike! Sunny with temps. ranging from the low 40's to upper 50's.

FLORA IN BLOOM: White Yarrow, Dandelions, Lady's Thumb

FAUNA: Birds Identified: Barred Owl, Robin, Dark-eyed Junco

Our starting point - Sawmill Gap - NC
Working our way up the Bartram Trail toward Wayah Bald.
At this point, the Bartram and Appalachian Trails merge.
This is one of the nice information signs at Wayah Bald.
The old rock tower (built by the Civilian
Conservation Corps in the 1930's).
At the base of the tower, there is a nice rock wall
which provides safe and awesome views.
Here, we look across to the grassy slope on Siler Bald.
From the tower, there are fantastic views in every direction!
The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains!
Nature's wonder of the day! A rather large birch tree
growing out of this old tree stump.
The OFHC Gang for today's hike (l-r) Jet Presley (lab), Tony Presley, Phil Brownrigg, Jack Slaton, Bob Thompson, Ray Cowan, Bob Presley, Wayne Miller, Dan Ross, Geri Whitaker, David Whitaker, Donna Presley, and Jack Jacobi.

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