Bartram Trail - Jones Gap - Whiterock Mountain.

July 13, 2010

This week's hike was on the Bartram Trail in NC from Jones Gap to the Summit of Whiterock Mountain.

HIKERS - John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Phil Brownrigg, Pam Euliss, Dick Metzgar, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, Vic Robson, Pom Sinnock, David Whitaker , Geri Whitaker and Carole Wintle.

TRAIL INFO. - This is a beautiful hike on the NC Bartram Trail. Spectacular mountain vistas along with a very lush hardwood forest environment provide for a very enjoyable hiking experience.

Total hiking distance today - 5.2 miles with moderate hills - moderately easy hike.

Directions: From the corner of 4th and Main in Highlands, take US64/28 (toward Franklin) for 4.2 miles to Turtle Pond Rd. (SR1620). Turn left and drive 1.1 miles to SR1678. Turn right and drive 1.4 miles to the top of a hill. Turn left on Jones Gap Rd. (FR4522). Take this road 2 miles to the parking area at the end of the road. The trail leaves the parking area on the right.

Another great day for a hike! Partly Cloudy and warm with temperatures ranging from 70 to 80 degrees F.

FLOWERS IN BLOOM: Oxalis, Flowering Spurge, Dandelion, St. John's-wort, Mountain Mint, Buttercup, Hawkweed, Rhododendron maximum, Milkweed, Pipsissewa, Wood Sorrel, Blazing Star, Phlox, Yellow Jewelweed, Coreopsis, Phlox, Turk's Cap Lily, Wild Hydrangea, Heal-all, Spiderwort, Dodder, Red Bee-balm, White Bee-balm, Black Eyed Susan, Joe-pye-weed, Daisy Fleabane, Pokeberry, White Clover, Red Clover, Evening Primrose, Deptford Pink, Starry Campion, Dutchman's Pipe and Rattlesnake Plantain.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Raven, Wild Turkey, Hooded Warbler, Yellow Billed Cuckoo, Rufous-sided Towhee, Oven Bird, Red Eyed Vireo, White Breasted Nuthatch, Pileated Woodpecker, Black Throated Blue Warbler, Raven, Turkey Vulture.

OTHER FAUNA: Garter Snake, Chipmunk, Rabbit

Scroll down for photos and video from today!


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Trail-head at Jones Gap Gap
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Headed for Jones Knob
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Beautiful views from Jones Knob!
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Looking over to our lunchtime destination - Whiterock Mountain.
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Beautiful fungus!
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Many great vistas on this hike!
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The gap between Jones Knob and Whiterock Mt.
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One of our favorite vistas...Whitrock Mountain.
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View
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Lunchtime on Whiterock Mt.
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Another great day for a hike!
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The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r kneeling) Donna Presley, Geri Whitaker and David Whitaker. (l-r standing) Carole Wintle, Pam Euliss, Dick Metzgar, Pom Sinnock, Vic Robson (aka Elmer Gantry), Phil Brownrigg, June Bellamy, John Bellamy and Tony Presley.

More photos!

Jones Gap 7-13-10



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