The Bartram Trail - Jones Gap - Whiterock Mt. NC

June 7, 2011

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

HIKERS - John Bellamy, Chuck Crisp, Jackie Crisp, Greta Driggers, Jim Driggers, Pam Euliss, Jack Jacobi, Lynne Porter-Whitmire,Rick Porter-Whitmire, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, Vic Robson, Lynne Saporito 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 lots of wildflowers and birds and 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 mild with temperatures ranging from 68 to 77 degrees F.

FLOWERS IN BLOOM: Solomon Seal, Micheaux's Saxifrage, Blackberry, Buttercup, Hawkweed, Rhododendron maximum, Milkweed, Pipsissewa, Wood Sorrel, Spiderwort, Daisy Fleabane, Primrose, Fire Pink, Goat's Beard, Mountain Laurel, Flame Azalea, Meadow Rue, White Yarrow, Purple Wood Sorrell, Indian Physic, Galax and Tall Bluet.

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

Scroll down for photos from today!

Today's trailhead at Jones Gap, NC.
It was a great day for Mountain Laurel and Flame Azaleas!
A view from Jones Knob.
View of Whiterock Mt. from the summit of Jones Knob.
Later, we take the side trail up to Whiterock Mountain.
View 1 from Whiterock!
Awesome views of the NC mountains from the rock cliffs.
More views.
A great lunch spot!
Great boulders on the rock slopes.
One more view!
Flame Azalea!
Mountain Laurel.
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r front) Jim Driggers, Tony Presley, Chuck Crisp "aka Elmer Gantry", Lynne Saporito, Lynne Porter-Whitmire, Donna Presley, Pam Euliss, Jackie Crisp, Carole Wintle and Vic Robson. (l-r back) Greta Driggers, John Bellamy, Jack Jacobi and Rick Porter-Whitmire.

YouTube Video from the hike!

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Bartram Trail Jones Gap - Whiterock Mt. 6-7-11

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