November 25, 2014
HIKERS - John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Karen Brown, Greta Driggers, Jim Driggers, Tim Hale, Bill Hunt, Tony Presley, Sandy Robson, Vic Robson and Carole Wintle.
TRAIL INFO: The Tugaloo Bend Heritage Site in Stephens County offers three nice nature trails for visitors to enjoy. The River Loop takes the hiker down by the Tugaloo River for a nice flat relaxing walk with nice views of the river and the wetland area and several picnic tables along the path. The Upland Loop trail is a beautiful walk up the higher elevation of the property featuring some nice mountain views especially in the Fall and Winter seasons along with several rest stops with benches. The third trail is a very nice paved handicapped accessible trail from the outdoor pavillion to an observation deck overlooking the wetland area of the property.
The current open hours of Tugaloo Bend are Thursday-Saturday from 8:30 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.. Sunday from 1:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m.
DIRECTIONS: From East Tugalo St. in Toccoa, GA Turn onto Prather Bridge Rd. (Hwy. 184) and contine 5.2 miles and continue straight onto Yonah Dam Rd. and continue 2.3 miles to Tugaloo Bend on the right. (2104 Yonah Dam Rd.)
Another great day for a hike! Sunny with temperatures ranging 48 to 60 degrees F. - Terrain is rated easy on the River Loop and Moderate on the Upland Loop with considerable elevation change. Distance hiked - 2.7 miles for the 3 trails then 2 miles on the lower Panther Creek Trail.
WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: none.
BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Carolina Wren, Pileated Woodpecker, Red Bellied Woodpecker, Belted Kingfisher, Blue Jay, Crow and Towhee.
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