February 6, 2007
|This week, we hiked in the Tallulah Gorge State Park on the Stoneplace Trail to Tugalo Lake. This trail is almost 10 miles round trip and is a nice walk over old roadbeds to the Stoneplace Boat Ramp.
HIKERS - John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Phil Brownrigg, Dick Metzgar, Wayne Miller, Dan Ross, Doug Russell, Pom Sinnock, Dave Standard, Bob Thompson, and Carole Wintle.
TRAIL INFO. - The Stoneplace Trail starts at the upper end of the parking lot at Tallulah Gorge State Park's Interpretive Center. Each hiker must register at the Interpretive Center and carry a hiker permit. Trail is over moderately easy terrain. We also walked out to the north rim trail for nice gorge views just behind the Interpretive Center.
Total hike today- 10 miles.
Directions: Take Highway 441 to Tallulah Falls, GA and turn onto Jane Hurt Yarn Drive (coming from the south, the road is on the right about a quarter mile past the bridge.) and follow the signs to the Interpretive Center. A $4 parking permit (or GA State Parks Pass) is required every day except Wednesdays.
Another great day for a hike - Mostly sunny and cool. Temperatures from the mid 20's to low 40's F.
WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: Trailing Arbutus.
BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Pileated Woodpecker, Chickadee, Raven, Crow, Pine Warbler, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, Tohee, Tufted Titmouse, Junco, Cardinal, and Turkey Vulture.
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At the Visitors Center, we walk out to the gorge overlook.
Looking over to the south rim of the gorge.
Early into the hike we get this view of Currahee Mountain in Toccoa.
There were still remnants of last week's snow.
This is the end of the Stoneplace Trail.
Now, we head back toward the Interpretive Center.
Another great day for a hike!
Lunchtime at the trail shelter.
One of the earliest Springtime wildflowers
Trailing Arbutus (Epigaea repens)
Pretty ice crystals
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) Dave Standard, Dick Metzgar, Phil Brownrigg, Dan Ross, Carole Wintle, Pom Sinnock, June Bellamy, Doug Russell, Bob Thompson, John Bellamy, and Wayne Miller.