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Crab Orchard Mountain Walk
May 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
This joint outing for TCWP and the Tennessee Native Plant Society is scheduled in hopes of catching spreading pogonia (Cleistes bifaria) and prairie lily (Lilium philadelphicum) in flower. They are both beautiful, the orchid in a subtle way and the lily in a very showy way. We should see a variety of flowers as we walk an open area, power line, and forested area with streams and rock formations. After the main walk there is a quality wetland that can be visited. Attendees can choose a shuttle or can walk the whole loop using a road-walk portion. As always, there is the option of turning back early. If COVID prevents a shuttle, we will do an In-and-back-out or complete the loop.
Distance is estimated at 3 miles for those doing the shuttle and 4.5 for those walking the loop. The power line part of the walk is the same as some of us did last fall; the flowers, of course, will be totally different. The trail under the power line is steep in places.
We’ll meet for carpooling in Oak Ridge at the Gold’s Gym/Books-A-Million parking lot (at the end close to S. Illinois Avenue, near Salsarita’s) in time to leave Oak Ridge at 8:45 a.m. Eastern; or meet the group at the Marathon gas station at the I-40 Crab Orchard exit east of Crossville at 10 a.m. Eastern. Bring water, a lunch, and bug spray. Your RSVP helps with planning and allows for notification in case of cancellation; contact Larry Pounds at 865-705-8516 or PoundsL471@aol.com.