Bartram Trail - Jones Gap - Whiterock Mountain.

July 13, 2010

This week's hike was on the Bartram Trail in NC from Jones Gap to the Summit of Whiterock Mountain.

HIKERS - John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Phil Brownrigg, Pam Euliss, Dick Metzgar, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, Vic Robson, Pom Sinnock, David Whitaker , Geri Whitaker and Carole Wintle.

TRAIL INFO. - This is a beautiful hike on the NC Bartram Trail. Spectacular mountain vistas along with a very lush hardwood forest environment provide for a very enjoyable hiking experience.

Total hiking distance today - 5.2 miles with moderate hills - moderately easy hike.

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 at the end of the road. The trail leaves the parking area on the right.

Another great day for a hike! Partly Cloudy and warm with temperatures ranging from 70 to 80 degrees F.

FLOWERS IN BLOOM: Oxalis, Flowering Spurge, Dandelion, St. John's-wort, Mountain Mint, Buttercup, Hawkweed, Rhododendron maximum, Milkweed, Pipsissewa, Wood Sorrel, Blazing Star, Phlox, Yellow Jewelweed, Coreopsis, Phlox, Turk's Cap Lily, Wild Hydrangea, Heal-all, Spiderwort, Dodder, Red Bee-balm, White Bee-balm, Black Eyed Susan, Joe-pye-weed, Daisy Fleabane, Pokeberry, White Clover, Red Clover, Evening Primrose, Deptford Pink, Starry Campion, Dutchman's Pipe and Rattlesnake Plantain.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Raven, Wild Turkey, Hooded Warbler, Yellow Billed Cuckoo, Rufous-sided Towhee, Oven Bird, Red Eyed Vireo, White Breasted Nuthatch, Pileated Woodpecker, Black Throated Blue Warbler, Raven, Turkey Vulture.

OTHER FAUNA: Garter Snake, Chipmunk, Rabbit

Scroll down for photos and video from today!

Trail-head at Jones Gap Gap
Headed for Jones Knob
Beautiful views from Jones Knob!
Looking over to our lunchtime destination - Whiterock Mountain.
Beautiful fungus!
Many great vistas on this hike!
The gap between Jones Knob and Whiterock Mt.
One of our favorite vistas...Whitrock Mountain.
Lunchtime on Whiterock Mt.
Another great day for a hike!
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r kneeling) Donna Presley, Geri Whitaker and David Whitaker. (l-r standing) Carole Wintle, Pam Euliss, Dick Metzgar, Pom Sinnock, Vic Robson (aka Elmer Gantry), Phil Brownrigg, June Bellamy, John Bellamy and Tony Presley.

More photos!

Jones Gap 7-13-10

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