July 22, 2014
This week's hike was on the Opossum Creek Trail near Long Creek, SC. To Opossum Creek Falls.|
HIKERS - Geri Barrios, Wayne Barrios, Phil Brownrigg, Cup Gales, Stephen Gales, Tim Hale, Bill Hunt, Kim Johnson, Mike Jones, Bob Magee, Dick Metzgar, Trushna Nadig, Sandy Robson, Vic Robson, Tony Presley, Joe Raguckas, Pom Sinnock and Carole Wintle.
TRAIL INFO. - This is a beautiful woodland trail leading down to the Chattooga River and up Opossum Creek to the Falls. The trail is well maintained and the terrain is gradually downhill to the river and then goes up to the falls including some rock hopping across a creek near the falls.
Total hiking distance today - Approximately 5 miles with a moderate difficulty level.
Directions: From Clayton, GA: Take highway 76 East to the Chattooga River and continue another couple of miles to Orchard Rd. on the right. Follow this road to the dead end and turn right on Battle Creek Rd. and continue 1 mile to Turkey Ridge Rd. on the right (gravel) Drive 2.3 miles to the trail head parking on the left. Walk back up the road a bit and you will see the trail to the right (marked).
From Westminster, SC: 1. drive west on US 76 for 13.3 miles and turn left onto Damascus Church Road (Oconee County S-37-96). Long Creek Fire Station will be on your right after this turn.
Another great day for a hike! Partly Cloudy and warm with temperatures ranging from 72 to 81 degrees F.
WILDFLOWERS: White Bee Balm, Wild Hydrangea, Black-eyed Susan, Coreopsis, Joe Pye Weed, Rattlesnake Plantain, Bear's Foot, Spiderwort, Wild Potato, Trumpet Creeper Vine, Beggar Lice, Wood Aster, White Baneberry / Doll's Eyes.
BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Cardinal, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Pileated Woodpecker, Crow, Blue Jay, Goldfinch.
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Parking at Turkey Ridge Rd.
Another great day for a hike!
Nature along the trail!
Read the sign!
Blooming Beggar Lice
Rotted tree with a solid core!
Rock hopping across a slippery stream.
Lots of colorful mushrooms today!
Opossum Creek just below the falls.
Beautiful Opossum Creek Falls!
Nice photo opportunities!
The junction with the Chattooga River!
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r front) Mike Jones, "Barney", Kim Johnson, Sandy Robson, Geri Barrios, Trushna Nadig, Carole Wintle, Vic Robson and Wayne Barrios. (l-r back) Joe Raguckas, Pom Sinnock, Phil Brownrigg, Dick Metzgar, Tim Hale, Bob Magee, Bill Hunt, Stephen Gales and Tony Presley.
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SEE MANY MORE GREAT PHOTOS FROM THE HIKE BELOW!