Sosebee Cove and The Coosa Backcountry Trail - GA

June 26, 2007

Today's hike was in two segments. We hiked the short trails at Sosebee Cove followed by a longer hike on the nearby Coosa Backcountry Trail. Total hike approx. 6 miles.

HIKERS - John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Phil Brownrigg, Sandra Green, Jack Jacobi, Dick Metzgar, Wanda Miller, Wayne Miller, Lynne Porter-Whitmire, Bob Presley, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, Joe Raguckas, Dan Ross, Doug Russell, Dave Standard, David Whitaker, Geri Whitaker, Carole Wintle.

TRAIL INFO. - The Sosebee Cove Trail is a short loop that passes through one of the richest plant habitats in Georgia. It consists of an old-growth forest with huge trees and very lush understory. It is a beautiful walk any time of year but especially nice during the spring wildflower season. The Coosa Backcountry Trail is a 12.5 mile loop that passes near Sosebee Cove. We did a portion of the trail as an out-and-back hike today.

Directions: Take highway 129 N. out of Cleveland, GA and continue past Neels Gap and Vogel State Park . About a quarter mile past Vogel, turn left (west) on GA Hwy. 180 and travel 3-4 miles. Look for the Sosebee Cove sign on the right and continue until you see a small parking area on the side of the road. Next, we accessed the Coosa Backcountry trail back down the road about a half-mile toward Vogel State Park. The tral crosses Hwy 180 here.

Another great day for a hike! Mostly to partly cloudy with temperatures ranging from 70 to 84 .

Hiking distance - approximately 6 miles.

WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: Ragged Soldiers, Foamflower, Heart-leafed Skullcap, Mountain Hydrangea, Leatherflower, Whorled Loosestrife, Tall Meadow Rue, Stinging Nettle, Poke Milkweed, Yellow Woodsorrel, Black-eyed Susan, Rosebay Rhododendrun, Whorled Coreopsis, Yellow Stargrass, Tall Bluet, Flowering Spurge, and Stachys.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Wood Thrush, Towhee, Oven Bird, Red Eyed Vireo, Veery, White Breasted Nuthatch, Crow, Blue Jay, Scarlet Tananger, Carolina Wren, Black Throated Blue Warbler.

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Our first stop today.
Parking is limited on the side of the road!
This awesome Yellow Buckeye Tree is said to be one of the largest in the state.
Information signs on the Sosebee Cove Trail. .
Another great day for a hike!
Leather Flower (Clematis viorna)
Trail markers for our second trail today.
Rosebay Rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum)
Lunchtime on the Coosa Backcountry Trail.
Headed back to the car along with "Merlin" the trail dog!

The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r kneeling) Tony Presley, Dick Metzgar, David Whitaker, Geri Whitaker, Donna Presley, "Merlin" the trail dog, Lynne Porter-Whitmire, Wanda Miller, June Bellamy. (l-r standing) Carole Wintle, Sandra Green, Dave Standard, Doug Russell, Jack Jacobi, Dan Ross, Joe Raguckas, Wayne Miller, Phil Brownrigg, Bob Presley, John Bellamy .

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