June 16, 2015
This week's hike was on the Opossum Creek Trail near Long Creek, SC. To the Chattooga River and Opossum Creek Falls.|
HIKERS - Mike Bell, John Bellamy, Karen Brown, Kaytlyn Brown, Bill Hunt, Greta Driggers, Jim Driggers, Dick Metzgar, Trushna Nadig and Tony Presley, .
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 to strenuous 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 very warm with temperatures ranging from 72 to 88 degrees F.
WILDFLOWERS: Wild Hydrangea, Black-eyed Susan, Coreopsis, Spiderwort, Trumpet Creeper Vine, Rosebay Rhododendron, Woodland Pholx, Flowering Spurge, American Euonymus, Cat's Claw, Queen Ann's Lace and Daisy Fleabane.
BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Cardinal, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Pileated Woodpecker, Crow, Blue Jay, Goldfinch, Oven Bird, Carolina Wren, Chipping Sparrow.
OTHER FAUNA - Box Turtle and Rainbow Trout