Sosbee Cove and Coosa Backcountry Trail

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.
Flame Azalea!
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.

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