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Field Trip: Big Soddy Creek Gulf Park, Hamilton County

May 11 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Description: The site is a mountain cove with much natural beauty due to its varied botanical environments including stream beds, waterfalls, mountain woodlands and high rock faces.  The initial portion of the trip is an entrance trail that follows an old railroad bed along Soddy Creek for 1.1 miles.  It is wide and practically flat.  From there, the trail crosses a footbridge over Soddy Creek.  We will explore several areas on the opposite side of the creek.  Plants expected to be seen are dwarf crested iris, fire pink, Indian pink, bergamot, royal fern, two-flowered cynthia and others. Total hiking distance should not exceed 3.5 miles. This is an in-and-out hike, so people can turn around at any point, if desired.

Meeting Place/Time:  Meet field trip leader near the entrance gate to the Big Soddy Creek Gulf Park at 10:00 AM Eastern.  Address of the parking area is: 11721 Back Valley Rd, Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379.  Please email the leader in advance to indicate your plans to attend.

Difficulty:  Easy

Facilities:  Portable restrooms are positioned along the entrance trail.

Lunch:  Bring food and water.  We will eat lunch on the trail, possibly at the picnic tables near the footbridge.

Leader:  Mitchell Kent,, (423-580-8380)


May 11
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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