Sawmill Gap - Wayah Bald, NC

November 9, 2004

HIKERS - Phil Brownrigg, Ray Cowan, Jack Jacobi, Wayne Miller, Bob Presley, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, Dan Ross, Jack Slaton, Bob Thompson, Geri Whitaker, David Whitaker .

TRAIL INFO. - Today, we hiked on The Bartram Trail starting at Sawmill Gap and hiking to Wayah Bald and back. The trail is well maintained and easy to hike.

Directions: Trail access - Sawmill Gap off of State highway 1310 (Wayah Road) A couple of miles past Wayah Crest - turn right onto F.S. Road 711 (Sawmill Gap Road) and continue another couple of miles to the Sawmill Gap sign.

Another great day for a hike! Sunny with temps. ranging from the low 40's to upper 50's.

FLORA IN BLOOM: White Yarrow, Dandelions, Lady's Thumb

FAUNA: Birds Identified: Barred Owl, Robin, Dark-eyed Junco


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Our starting point - Sawmill Gap - NC
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Working our way up the Bartram Trail toward Wayah Bald.
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At this point, the Bartram and Appalachian Trails merge.
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This is one of the nice information signs at Wayah Bald.
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The old rock tower (built by the Civilian
Conservation Corps in the 1930's).
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At the base of the tower, there is a nice rock wall
which provides safe and awesome views.
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Here, we look across to the grassy slope on Siler Bald.
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From the tower, there are fantastic views in every direction!
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The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains!
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Nature's wonder of the day! A rather large birch tree
growing out of this old tree stump.
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The OFHC Gang for today's hike (l-r) Jet Presley (lab), Tony Presley, Phil Brownrigg, Jack Slaton, Bob Thompson, Ray Cowan, Bob Presley, Wayne Miller, Dan Ross, Geri Whitaker, David Whitaker, Donna Presley, and Jack Jacobi.


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