Bartram & Appalachian Trail - Wayah Bald

September 30, 2003

HIKERS - John Bellamy,   Jack Jacobi,  Steve Jordan,  Wayne Miller,   Bob Presley, Tony Presley, Gerald Shedd, Bill Taylor,  and David Whitaker.

TRAIL INFO. - Trail access - Sawmill Gap off of State highway 1310 (Wayah Road) A couple of miles past Wayah Crest - turn right onto the Sawmill Gap Road and continue another couple of miles to the Sawmill Gap sign.

Another beautiful hiking day! Fair skies - temperature ranged from 40-60 degrees F. We saw our first frost of the Fall! Hiking distance 8 miles (4 miles in and out).  

Wildflowers viewed -  Closed Gentian, Stiff Gentian, White Snakeroot, Wood Asters, other Asters, Goldernrods, Pale Jewell Weed, Filmy Angelica, Phlox, Joe Pye Weed, Heal All, Black-eyed Susans, White Yarrow, Black Cohosh, Horse Balm, Doll's Eyes, Blue-bead Lily.

Fauna identified -   White-breasted Nuthatch, Junco, Towhee, Blue Jay, Chipmunk.


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Our parking spot.
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This section of the Bartram Trail needs some weed-eating!
But, it is well-marked with yellow blazes.
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The trail sign a little over half-way to our destination.
The Bartram joins the Appalachian Trail for a while.
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The old rock tower on top of Wayah Bald provides awesome views.
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Looking over to Standian Indian Mtn. and Albert Mtn.
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Here, we look over to Siler Bald.
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We saw several American Chestnut Trees at Wayah. This one
is larger than most and is sadly dying, but loaded with chestnuts!
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The OFHC gang at Wayah Bald. (L-R) Jack Jacobi,
Wayne Miller, Tony Presley, John Bellamy, Bill Taylor,
Gerald Shedd, Steve Jordan, Bob Presley, and David Whitaker.


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