May 3, 2016
Today's hike was on the Little Tennessee River Greenway Trail in Franklin, NC.
HIKERS - John Anderson, Scott Arnold, Geri Barrios, Jenny Bell, Mike Bell, Phil Brownrigg, Ray Clark, Joe Collins, Kanchan Garg, Dave Hinson, Bill Hunt, Martha Hunt, Jack Jacobi, Mike Jones, Jeanne O'Connor, Tony Presley, Gerald Richardson, Sandy Robson, Vic Robson, Niko Smith, Sarah Smith, Marsha Tiesler.
TRAIL INFO. - This trail is a very pleasant walk along the Little Tennessee River in Franklin, NC. It is mostly asphalt with very nice features along the way. Benches, picnic tables, parks, great signage, very nice bridges that take you back and forth across the river. The terrain is mostly flat. From end to end it is 4 miles. We hiked the entire length from south to north and back for an 8.5 mile total including the access trail at the Macon County Public Library.
Directions: From the south in GA take highway 441 to Franklin, NC. Turn to the right just before the Highway 64 intersection onto Siler Rd. Continue along Siler and follow the signs to the Public Library. You will then walk down a gravel road to the Greenway Trail access.
Another great day for a hike! Partly cloudy and mild. Temperatures in the low 60's F warming into the low 70's. Total distance - 8.5 mi.
BLOOMING PLANTS: Stonecrop, Fire Pink, Crown Vetch, Multi-flora Rose, Daisy Fleabane, Golden Alexanders, Corn Salad, Blackberries, Black Cherry, Tulip Poplar, Fringe Tree, Lupines, Columbine, Phlox, Iris, and Dandelion.
BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Cardinals, Tree Swallows, House Wren, Turkey Vultures, American Crows, Rough-winged Swallows, Field Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Mockingbirds, Robins, Canada Geese, Mourning Doves and Rock Doves.
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