Jones Gap - Jones Knob - Whiterock Mt. - NC

August 26, 2014

Today's hike was on the Bartram Trail in NC near Highlands. We hiked from Jones Gap to Jones Knob then toward Fish Hawk Mt. and we took the short side trail to Whiterock Mt.

HIKERS: Geri Barrios, Wayne Barrios, John Bellamy, Phil Brownrigg, Stephen Gales, Charles Hall, Mike Jones, Jeanne O'Connor, Trushna Nadig, Tony Presley, Joe Raguckas, Vic Robson, Pom Sinnock, and Carole Wintle.

TRAIL INFO. - This portion of the Bartram Trail is one of our favorite hikes for great mountain views. The terrain is moderately easy with the only steep climbs on two short side trails. Early into the hike, we took the short side trail up to Jones Knob for great early morning mountain views. Later, we took the short side trail up to Whiterock Mountain for lunch on the spectacular rock faced summit. Total hike today approx. 6 miles - easy to moderate.

DIRECTIONS: From Clayton, GA take highway 441 N thru Dillard and turn right on GA Hwy 246 (Toward Highlands, NC) and continue 10.1 miles and turn left onto Turtle Pond Rd. Continue on Turtle Pond for 4.4 miles and turn left onto Dendy Orchard Rd.(rd. 1678) Continue on this road until it runs into a gravel F.S. Rd. Continue to the top of a hill and look for a turn to the left. (there will be a Bartram Trail access sign). Continue on this road to the dead end at the trailhead.

Another great day for a hike! Mostly sunny and cool with temperatures ranging from the mid 50's to the upper 60's F.

WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: Small False Hellebore, Hog Peanut, White Snakeroot, Starry Campion, Pale Jewellweed, Crimson Clover, Pinesap, Rattlesnake Plantain, Pokeweed, Southern Harebells, Beggar Lice, Wood Aster, Bushy Aster, Goldenrod, Hawk Weed, White Yarrow and Alum Root.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Crow, Blue Jay, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Junco, Chickadee, Vulture, Wild Turkey, Wood-Pewee, Grouse, Cardinal, Vireo.

scroll down for photos from today.......


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Parking at Jones Gap.
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After heading up the Bartram Trail for a half mile or so, we take the side trail up to Jones Knob for nice mountain views.
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Rattlesnake Plantain / Orchid.
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Back on the Bartram Trail we come to this nice viewpoint that looks over to Whiterock Mountain. .
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Blue Bead Lily (Clintonia)!
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We arrive at the side trail up to Whitrock Mountain.
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Spectacular views from Whiterock!
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Huge boulders on top of the rock-faced mountain.
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Amazing views all about.
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A great lunch spot!
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Alum Root (Heuchera)
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Fungus of the week.
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White Baneberry / Doll's Eyes
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The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) Joe Raguckas, Mike Jones & Barney, John Bellamy, Vic Robson, Trushna Nadig, Charles Hall, Jeanne O'Connor, Carole Wintle, Phil Brownrigg, Wayne Barrios, Pom Sinnock, Geri Barrios, Stephen Gales and Tony Presley.

SEE VIDEO OF THE HIKE BELOW!

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Jones Gap - Whiterock Mountain - 8-26-14


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