Hike Leader: Forest Ecologist Jess Riddle
Hike Location: Watergauge Trail and Camp Creek, Rabun County
Outing Description: Camp Creek is a rugged and rich tributary of the Chattooga River. Our casual hike will take us through unusually diverse forests, down to the Chattooga River, and up Camp Creek. Doing this trip in the fall is a bit of an experiment, but the diversity of wildflowers in the spring promises good things for the fall. Regardless of the wildflowers, several species of trees approach record heights in this area, including white pines over 165 feet tall.
Hike Date: Friday, October 13th, 2017
Meeting Time, Place and Directions: We will meet at 10:00am at the Clayton Ingles (176 US-441, Clayton, GA 30525). As you face the store, we'll be gathering on the right side. We'll carpool to the hike location.
Distance and Difficulty
Two miles round trip and easy to moderate. The pace will be relaxed as we stop to talk about whatever catches our interest. However, the first half down to the river is moderately steep, and the second half is along an old roadbed with some saplings grown up in it. Trees may also be down from Hurricane Irma.
Duration of Hike: Four to five hours, including carpooling
Participant Limit: none
What to Bring and Wear: Lunch, plenty of water, rain gear, sturdy footwear. If allergic to bees/wasps, remember to bring your meds/epi-pen.
Cancellation: Participants will be notified if cancellation is required due to forecast of severe weather, etc.
Pet Policy: No pets, please
Family Safe Policy: Georgia ForestWatch outings are a smoke, alcohol and drug-free setting.
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Our outings are free of charge and open to everyone. To learn how you can become a member of Georgia ForestWatch,
To Reserve Your Spot: Register
or call 706-867-0051 with the following information.
- Name of person(s)
- Your email address
- Your phone number (preferably cell if you will be carrying it on the outing day)
For more information on the hike OR if you need directions the day of the hike, contact Jess Riddle by email
or call the number provided in your confirmation email.
Upcoming Outings & Events - Mark Your Calendars
Saturday, November 4th
- Geology and natural communities walk to the Zahnd Tract -
with Leslie Edwards and Bill Witherspoon
Sunday, November 19th - Burgess Mountain Hike in the Oconee National Forest -
with JP Schmidt
Saturday, December 9th - Smithgall Woods State Park Hike -
wth Jess Riddle and Tom Hennigan