There will be a guided hike along a power line in the North Chickamauga State Natural Area on Saturday, September 10, and participants can meet for carpooling in Oak Ridge.
Led by well-known botanist Larry Pounds, the outing will begin at the Hixson Springs Trail Head with a walk through the woods, and then onto the power line right-of-way.
“We expect to see a wide array of fall flowers including Alabama rosinweed (Silphium gatesii), slow goldenrod (Solidago tarda), and Eastern silvery aster (Symphyotrichum concolor),” a press release said.
This is a joint outing sponsored by Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning and the Tennessee Native Plant Society. Participants will caravan from the Hardees in Soddy-Daisy to the Hixson Springs Trail Head in the North Chickamauga State Natural Area. The outing will involve less than four miles of rough jeep road walking.
Participants can meet for carpooling at the Gold’s Gym/Books-A-Million parking lot in Oak Ridge (at the end close to South Illinois Avenue, near Salsarita’s) at 10 a.m. Saturday, or at the Hardees (9398 Reco Drive) at the Harrison Lane exit off U.S. 27 in Soddy-Daisy at 11:45 Eastern. Bring water, a lunch, and bug spray.
For more information, contact Larry Pounds at (865) 705-8516 (cell, best bet), at (865) 816-3576 (home), or via email at [email protected].
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