May 13, 2008
|Today's hike started with the Sosebee Cove Nature Trail followed by the nearby Coosa Backcountry Trail.|
Hiking distance approximately 7.5 miles.
HIKERS - Phil Brownrigg, Greta Driggers, Dick Metzgar, Bruce O'Connor, Jeanne O'Connor, Vic Robson, Dan Ross, Lynne Saporito, Faye Sisson and Carole Wintle.
TRAIL INFO. - Sosebee Cove is a favorite destination for wildflower enthusiasts. It has a nice nature trail through a very rich old-growth forest with lots of wildflower species. The Coosa Backcountry Trail is a short distance down the highway from Sosebee Cove. It is a nice trail through the forest
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 trail crosses Hwy 180 here. Difficulty is moderate with some hills.
Another great day for a hike! Fair, with temperatures ranging from the upper 50's to the mid 70's F.
WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: Pink Ladyslipper, Erect White Trillium, Catesby's Trillium, Purple Trillium, Large-flowered Trillium,May Apple, Sweet Cicely, Blue Cohosh, Foam Flower, Golden Alexander, Maple-leafed Viburnum, Hooked Buttercup, Wild Geranium, Squawroot, Robin's Plaintain, Pussy Toes, Rattlesnake Weed, Meadow Rue, Black Locust, Oil Nut, Flame Azalea, Yellow Stargrass, Jack-in-the-Pulpit,Tall Bluet,Cinquefoil and Dwarf Iris.
BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Barred Owl, Ovenbird, Wood Thrush, Robin, Red-eyed Vireo, White-Breasted Nuthatch and Turkey Vulture.
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A giant Yellow Buckeye Tree at Sosebee Cove.
Pink Lady Slippers were blooming!
Crossing a foot-bridge in Sosebee Cove.
Several varieties of Trillium were blooming. .
Arthur Woody dedication sign.
Next, we moved down the road to the Coosa Backcountry Trail.
Another great day for a hike!
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r front) Dick Metzgar, Faye Sisson, Carole Wintle, Jeanne O'Connor and Bruce O'Connor. (l-r standing) Lynne Saporito, Dan Ross, Greta Driggers, Vic Robson and Phil Brownrigg.