Bartram Trail - Jones Gap - Fishhawk Mountain, NC

November 6, 2007

Today's hike was on the Bartram Trail from Jones Gap to Fishhawk Mountain. It was a brisk day with temperatures not rising out of the 30's.

HIKERS - Ken Adams, Karen Brown, Phil Brownrigg, Linda Johnson, John King, Dick Metzgar, Dan Miller, Leigh Ann Miller, Wanda Miller, Wayne Miller, George Otis, Vic Robson, Bob Thompson, Carole Wintle.

TRAIL INFO. - This portion of the Bartram Trail is very nice with great mountain views along the way. There are three short side trails to overlooks that add to the beauty of the hike. This time of year, the colors are spectacular!

Directions: From the corner of 4th and Main in Highlands, take US64/28 (toward Franklin) for 4.2 miles to Turtle Pond Rd. (SR1620). Turn left and drive 1.1 miles to SR1678. Turn right and drive 1.4 miles to the top of a hill. Turn left on Jones Gap Rd. (FR4522). Take this road 2 miles to the parking area. The trail leaves the parking area on the right

Another great day for a hike! Fair, breezy and cold with temperatures ranging from the upper 20's to upper 30's.

Hiking distance - 8+ miles Difficulty - moderate due to elevation change.

WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: Ladies thumb and blue aster. Non-flowering of interest: Lichens: reindeer moss and beard lichen; Moss: Hair cap moss: Ferns: New York, Lady, Cinnamon, Rock Cap, and Christmas

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Junco, Crow, Chickadee, Wild Turkey

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Jones Gap near Highlands, NC
A cold morning on the Bartram Trail.
Typical colorful view along the trail today.
Nice! .
More beauty
Side trail to summit of Fishhawk Mountain. Short but very steep!
Plaque on summit of Fishhawk.
Lunchtime on White Rock Mountain!
Another view from White Rock.
Another view
Spectacular view from Jones Knob!
Black bear on Phil Brownrigg's driveway this afternoon!
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r front) Leigh Ann Miller, Wanda Miller, Linda Johnson. (standing l-r) George Otis, Carole Wintle, Dick Metzgar, Karen Brown, Bob Thompson, Wayne Miller, Dan Miller, Vic Robson, John King, Ken Adams, Phil Brownrigg.

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