Outing Alert
April 7th, 2017
Post-Burn & Wildflower Hike
at Till Ridge Cove
with Jess Riddle and Mike Brod
Friday, April 21, 2017

Large flowered trillium; photo by Jess Riddle 

Hike Leaders: 
Forest Ecologist Jess Riddle and Mike Brod, USFS Fire and Natural Resources Staff Officer

Hike Location: Till Ridge Cove, Rabun County

Outing Description: We'll be seeing and discussing the effects of last fall's wildfires and hopefully seeing one of the most impressive wildflower displays in Georgia. The Rock Mountain fire burned through this area, and this spring will be our first chance to find out what survived the fire. Our destination will be a cove that has been famous for its abundance of large flowered trillium. On our way to the cove, we'll stop to examine how the fire affected the forest and look at any interesting plants or animals we happen to come across.
Hike Date: Friday, April 21, 2017
Meeting Time, Place and Directions: We will meet at 10:00 am 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 with easy to moderate difficulty. The trail is not maintained, so there may be some trees fallen across it and poor footing. There are also some steep stretches, but they're short. We'll be stopping frequently to discuss what we see along the way.

Duration of Hike: 3 to 5 hours, depending on how often we stop and talk and including carpooling to and from the trailhead
Participant Limit: 20
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: Hikers will be notified if hike is cancelled 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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For more information on the hike, OR if you need directions on the day of the hike, contact Jess Riddle at jriddle@gafw.org or (315-350-1179).

Upcoming Outings & Events - Mark Your Calendars!

Friday, April 21st - Till Ridge Hike -  with Forest Ecologist Jess Riddle and Mike Brod, USFS Fire and Natural Resources Staff Officer

Saturday, April 29th - Wild & Woolly Forest Festival at Sautee Nacoochee Center. Old-growth and spring wildflower pre-event hikes with Jess Riddle and Jim Sullivan are available for Wild & Woolly participants. Register for Wild & Woolly here.

Tuesday, May 9th - Hambidge Hike - with Patricia Kyritsi Howell and Sue Harmon

Saturday, May 20th - Chestnut Lead and Potato Patch Hike - with Jess Riddle

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