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Field Trip: Big South Fork
September 2 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Description: This is sponsored by TNPS and TCWP. We will visit a powerline for goldenrods, asters, and a striped gentian and then walk Middle Creek Loop, a scenic area with rockhouse endemic species, Cumberland sandwort and rockhouse white snakeroot.
1. Oak Ridge at the Gold’s Gym/Books–A–Million parking lot (meet at the end close to S. Illinois Avenue, near Salsarita’s) in time to leave Oak Ridge at 8:00 AM EDT.
2. Go as if you were going to Picket State Park on TN 154. Look for the gravel parking area and trailhead for the Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area (Astronomy field) on the left at 9:30 AM EDT (8:30 AM CDT) (36.52193252784118, –84.81758297017807). We will caravan from there into the Big South Fork.
Difficulty: Middle Creek Loop is 3.5 miles of moderate difficulty. The distance on the powerline will be less than a mile out and back.
Lunch: Bring water, lunch, and bug spray
Facilities: At meeting places
Leader: Larry Pounds. If you RSVP it helps with planning, phone/email: 865–705–8516, PoundsL471@aol.com