Lady Slipper Trail - Lake Russell Recreation Area - GA

December 21, 2004

HIKERS - Phil Brownrigg, Dick Metzgar, Leigh Ann Miller, Wanda Miller, Wayne Miller, Bob Presley, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, Dan Ross, Bob Thompson, Geri Whitaker, David Whitaker.

TRAIL INFO. - Today's hike was on the Lady Slipper Trail in the Chattahoochee National Forest Lake Russell Recreation Area near Cornelia, GA - Total - 7.2 miles.

Directions: Take Ga 365/U.S. 23 North from Gainesville past Cornelia to Hwy 197. Turn right for approximately 3 miles until dead-end. Right on Dicks Hill Parkway for approx. mile. Turn left onto the paved Lake Russell Road. .

Another great day for a hike! Partly cloudy, and cool with temps. ranging from the mid 20's to the mid 40's F.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Great Blue Heron, Dark-eyed Junco,Turkey Vulture, Black-capped Chickadee, Carolina Wren, White-breasted Nuthatch, Pileated Woodpecker, Robin. .


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A cold morning at the Nancytown Lake parking lot.
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Nancytown Lake was partially frozen over after two nights in the teens.
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After a half-mile walk, we arrive at the trail head.
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A beautiful walk in the North Georgia forest.
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A stream leading into the upper end of Nancytown Lake.
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Here we encounter a trail obstruction.
Jet has no problem with it!
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A colorful patch of lichen called British Soldiers (Cladonia cristatella)
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Appropriate for the Christmas season, we find this American Holly (Ilex opaca).
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This cove at the upper end of the lake was iced over.
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The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r)front - Jet the Lab, Wanda Miller, Wayne Miller, and Bob Presley, (l-r standing) Tony Presley, Geri Whitaker, David Whitaker, Leigh Ann Miller, Donna Presley, Bob Thompson, Dick Metzgar, Phil Brownrigg, and Dan Ross.


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