Bridgestone/Firestone Centennial Wilderness, Sparta
May 9 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
We will explore the Chestnut Mountain and Polly Branch Trails where we hope to see large stands of pink lady’s slipper (Cypripedium acaule) and mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia), and if we’re lucky, we might be able to catch the end of the bloom season for other spring ephemerals such as dwarf ginseng (Panax trifolium). A few woody perennials may be in bloom, too, including Dutchman’s pipe (Aristolochia macrophylla) and nine-bark (Physocarpus opulifolius).
Difficulty: ~4 miles with some steep sections
Contact/Leader: Bart Jones
Phone/email: 901-485-2745 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions: In De Rossett 8 or 9 miles E. of Sparta on US 70, turn south on Eastland Road at Bondecroft Headstart Village. Go about 6.5 miles until you get to the graveled parking area on the right at the entrance of the WMA.
Meeting Place/Time: Polly Branch Falls Trailhead 10 AM Central
Lunch: Bring water, lunch, bug spray.