Bartram Trail Hike - Buckeye Creek to Wolf Rock Overlook - Near Otto, NC

May 20, 2014

Today's hike was on the Bartram Trail in North Carolina from Buckeye Creek to Wolf Rock Overlook.

HIKERS - Geri Barrios, Wayne Barrios, Karen Brown, Phil Brownrigg, Greta Driggers, Jim Driggers, Stephen Gales, Tim Hale, David Hinson, Dick Metzgar, Tony Presley and Carole Wintle.

TRAIL INFORMATION - A beautiful section of the Bartram Trail near Otto, NC. Starting at the Buckeye Creek Trailhead, it is around a 4.5 mile hike up to Wolf Rock Overlook. The 2,000 ft. gain in elevation makes the hike somewhat strenuos! Total hike 9 miles.

We rate the hike mostly strenuous as you gradually gain the 2,000 feet of elevation.

Directions: Take Highway 441 N. thru Clayton, GA and continue to Otto, NC. Turn right on Tessentee Rd. and go several miles and turn left onto Buckeye Branch Rd. (there is a Bartram Trail sign here) and drive this gravel road to the dead-end parking lot just before the Forest Service locked gate.

Another great day for a hike! Sunny to partly cloudy and mild with temperatures ranging from 58 to 78 degrees F. Hiking distance - 9 miles.

WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM:
Large Bluet, Mountain Bluet, Cow Wheat, Wild Comfrey, Purple Phacelia, White Clintonia, Perfoliate Bellwort, Meadow Parsnip, Golden Alexanders, Common Blue Violet, Canada Violet, Pipe Vine, Virginia Spring Beauty, Mt. Saxifrage, Common Cinquefoil, Wild Strawberry, Wild Peanut, Woodland Vetch, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Robin's Plantain, Common Fleabane, Vasey's Trillium, Catesby's Trillium, Large-flowered Trillium, Multiflora Rose, Blackberry, Tulip Poplar, Flame Azalea, Mt. Laurel, Small-leafed Rhododendron, Mapleleaf Viburnum, Sweet Cicely, Lyreleaf Sage, Squawroot, Puttyroot, Shooting Star, Yellow Stargrass, Blue-eyed Grass, Fourleaf Milkweed, Wild Quinine, Beardtongue, Rattlesnake Weed, Southern Bush Honeysuckle, Fire Pink, Spikenard, Pink Lady's Slipper and Small Yellow Lady's Slipper.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Carolina Wren, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo, White-breasted Nuthatch, Cardinal, Ovenbird, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Pine Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Scarlet Tanager, Pileated Woodpecker and Downy Woodpecker, Hooded Warbler, Black & White Warbler, Blue Jay, Rose Breasted Grosbeak, American Crow, Northern Flicker and Junco.

OTHEER: Box Turtle and Fence Lizard

Scroll down for photos and video.


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The Buckeye Creek parking lot.
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To start the hike we head up the old gated road.
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Later, we start to see nice mountain views.
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This particular hike has a great variety of wildflowers!
(top left then clockwise) Fire Pink, Indian Physic, Solomon's Plume and Blue-eyed Grass.
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The famous landmark of this portion of the Bartram Trail.
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Very nice!
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(top left then clockwise) Small Yellow Lady's Slipper, Puttyroot Orchid, Tulip Poplar, Pink Lady's Slipper. pic8
This old tree has lots of character!
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(top left then clockwise) Shooting Stars, Spiderwort, Vasey's Trillium, Wild Geranium.
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We arrive at our lunchtime destination, Wolf Rock.
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Lunchtime at Wolf Rock!
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(top left then clockwise) Spring Beauty, Sweetshrub, Dutchman's Pipe, Purple Phacelia.
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We arrive back at the trailhead and Trail Dog 'Angus" is tired! So are we!
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The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) Tony Presley, Carole Wintle, David Hinson, Dick Metzgar, Karen Brown, Greta Driggers, Jim Driggers, Tim Hale, trail dog "Angus", Wayne Barrios, Emily McIntosh and Phil Brownrigg.
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Bartram Trail - Buckeye Creek - 5-20-14


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