Chickasaw State Park
We will hike the Friends and Forked Pine Trail which will give us an opportunity to botanize upland oak/hickory/pine communities in southwestern Tennessee. We will have an opportunity to see Green adder’s mouth orchid (Malaxis unifolia) – although not rare, it is uncommon in west TN. We will also survey warm season grasslands along Highway 100 where we will find several conservative grassland species in flower.
Directions: Chickasaw State Park is located off Highway 100 in Chester County, TN, approximately 7.5 miles west of Henderson, TN. Please use the main entrance where the Park Office is located (Directions: https://tnstateparks.com/parks/chickasaw ). Follow Cabin Lane past Sagamore Lodge to the large parking area near the playground, park on the northern end of the parking lot (near the trailhead for Friends Trail).
Leader: Claude Bailey
Meeting Place: The parking lot at the Friends Trail trailhead /Picnic Shelter #1 (35.392558, -88.770303). See additional directions above.
Time: 10:00 a.m. Central
Lunch: Bring water, snack and/or lunch
Facilities: Restroom facilities at the parking area.