On this hike cosponsored by TCWP and the Tennessee Native Plant Society, we’ll visit a power line clearing to look for goldenrods, asters, and a striped gentian, then walk Middle Creek Loop, a scenic trail with endemic species Cumberland sandwort and rockhouse white snakeroot.
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 a.m. Eastern, or hikers can meet at 9:30 Eastern (8:30 Central) at the trailhead for the Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area. For the latter, go as if you were going to Pickett State Park on TN 154. Look for the gravel parking area and Pogue Creek trailhead on the left. We will caravan from there into the Big South Fork.
Middle Creek Loop is 3.5 miles of moderate difficulty. The distance for the power line walk will be less than a mile out and back. Bring water, a lunch, and bug spray.
Your RSVP helps with planning. Contact hike leader Larry Pounds at 865-705-8516 or at PoundsL471@aol.com.