Hikingsouth Hike of the Week

The Stoneplace Trail - Tallulah Gorge State Park - GA

March 22, 2016

Today, we hiked the Stoneplace Trail at Tallulah Gorge State Park. A 10 mile round trip hike from the Interpretive Center to the Stoneplace Boat Ramp on Tugalo Lake.

HIKERS: Mike Bell, John Bellamy, Karen Brown, Ray Clarke, Joe Collins, Stephen Gales, Bill Hunt, David Hinson, Jack Jacobi, Dick Metzgar, Jeanne O'Connor, Tony Presley, Vic Robson, Marsha Tiesler.

TRAIL INFO. - The Stoneplace Trail is an excellent trail that has moderate difficulty terrain with lots of flat areas. This 5 mile one way trail leads from the Interpretive Center to Stoneplace Boatramp which is in a cove on the Chattooga River end of Tugalo Lake. The State Park requires each hiker to get a permit before hiking this trail.

Total round trip hiking distance today – 10 miles - Difficulty rating - moderate.

DIRECTIONS: The Stoneplace Trail is located in Tallulah Gorge State Park, GA beginning at the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center.

Another great day for a hike! Very sunny with temperatures ranging from low 30’s to mid-60's degrees F.

WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: Green and Gold, Trailing Arbutus, Heartleaf Wild Ginger, Halberd Leaf Violet, Robin's Plantain, Redbud and Dogwood Trees and Dandelion.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Peregrine Falcon, American Crow, Turkey Vulture, Blue-headed Vireo, Carolina Wren, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse and Pileated Woodpecker.

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The Trailhead for today.
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Another great day for a hike!
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The trail is very well marked!
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Spring is here and we are starting to see a few wildflowers. Halberd-leaved Violet
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The trail has excellent footing and much of it is flat.
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Heartleaf Wild Ginger.
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Most of the first mile of the trail is covered with wood chips.
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Here, we can see the upper fork of Tugalo Lake.
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The Stoneplace Boat Dock and Ramp. Our lunchtime destination!
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After lunch, we head back up the uphill portion of the trail.
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We spot some type of critter's home.
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On the return trip, we loop out to Inspiration Point then back to the Interpretive Center.
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Inspiration Point - The highest of the viewpoints at Tallulah Gorge.
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Looking deep into the gorge from Inspiration Point.
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The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) Tony Presley, Ray Clark, Joe Collins, Dick Metzgar, Bill Hunt, David Hinson, Marsha Tiesler, Jack Jacobi, Karen Brown, Jeanne O'Connor, John Bellamy, Mike Bell, Vic Robson and Stephen Gales.

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