Sosebee Cove Trail - Coosa Backcountry Trail - GA

April 16, 2013

Today's hike was on two trails in Union County, GA. The Sosebee Cove Trail is a very beautiful short trail in an old growth forest featuring one of the richest wildflower habitats in the southeastern U.S. The Coosa Backcountry Trail is nearby and is a 12.7 mile loop beginning and ending at Vogel State Park. We accessed the trail at Burnett Gap and hiked an out and back portion to Wolf Creek.

HIKERS - John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Bill Hunt, Bob Magee, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, Vic Robson, Geri Whitaker and Carole Wintle.

TRAIL INFO. - Sosebee Cove is a beautiful short trail in a botanical paradise that was last logged in 1903. It is a memorial trail to Forest Ranger Arthur Woody. Woody loved the north GA mountains and created the first wildlife management area in the South. The trail features huge trees and a wide variety of wildflowers and plants. The nearby Coosa Backcountry Trail is a 12.7 mile loop that begins and ends at Vogel State Park. Our portion today was from Burnett Gap to Wolf Creek and back.

Directions: Take highway 129 N. out of Cleveland, GA and continue past Neels Gap and Vogel State Park . Just past the entrance to Vogel State Park, turn left (west) on GA Hwy. 180 and travel 4-5 miles. Look for the Sosebee Cove sign on the right. 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 at the start of a Forest Service Rd.

Another great day for a hike! Cloudy to Partly Cloudy and cool with temperatures ranging from 62 to 72 degrees F.

Distance hiked - 5.8 miles. Difficulty: Sosebee Cove - Easy - Coosa Backcounty - Moderately Strenuous due to elevation change.

FLOWERS IN BLOOM: Dutchman's Breeches, Trout Lily, Tall Bellwort, Sessile Bellwort, Star Chickweed, Mouse-eared Chickweed, Squaw-root, Yellow Violet, Sweet White Violet, Purple Violet, Halberd-leafed Violet, Long-spurred Violet, Purple Toadshade Trillium, Foam Flower, Bellwort, Meadow Rue, Field Buttercup, Hooked Buttercup, Pussytoes, Robin's Plantain, Cinquefoil, Rue Anemone and Barren strawberry.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: American Tree Sparrow, White Throated Sparrow, Worm-eating Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Common Yellow Throat, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Tufted Titmouse, American Crow, Robin, Black Throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Black and White Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Vireo, White-Breasted Nuthatch, Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Blue Jay, Pine Warbler, Towhee, Oven Bird and Junco.

Our first trail for the day.
The day started out cool and misty.
One of the largest Yellow Buckeye Trees in the Southeast!
Sosebee Cove is a lush wildflower habitat.
Purple Toadshade Trillium
Dutchman's Breeches
Tribute to Arthur Woody.
We move down the road about a quarter mile to the Coosa Backcountry Trail.
Beautiful cascading waterfall.
Nice mountain views along the trail.
Arriving at our destination at Wolf Creek.
Beautiful Wolf Creek.
Lunchtime on the Coosa Backcountry Trail!
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) Carole Wintle, Bill Hunt, Geri Whitaker, Donna Presley, June Bellamy, Vic Robson, John Bellamy, Bob Magee and Tony Presley.

Video from the hike!

Sosebee's Cove and Coosa Backcountry Trail 4-16-13

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