Three Forks - Hightower Gap- A.T. GA

5/27/03

hikers - John Bellamy,  Jack Jacobi,  Steve Jordan,  Bob Presley,   Wayne Miller,  Dan Ross,   Jack Slaton,   David Whitaker  

Trail access - Three Forks (approx. 4 miles from Springer Mtn.) by F.S. Road 58. The hike from Three Forks to Hightower Gap is approx. 8 mi. round trip including a short side trail to Long Creek Falls.

Another beautiful hiking day! Partly cloudy - temperature ranged from 58-65 degrees F..  

Wildflowers viewed - Spiderwort,  Maple leafed Viburnum,  Rattle snake plaintain,  Jack-in-pulpit,   Oca,   Foam flower,  Flame azealea,   Mountain laurel,  pipsissawa,   wild ginger,  cow wheat,   yellow root,   Fire pink,  Tall bluets,  yellow star grass,   galax- among others.

Fauna identified -  2 grey squirrels,   Doe,  American crow,  red-eyed vireo,  Solitary vireo,  Tufted titmouse,  Pileated woodpecker,   Oven bird,  Pine warbler,   Hooded warbler,   Carolina wren.


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The Appalachian Trail intersects the Benton Mackaye trail here.
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This large Poplar tree on the trail has a very large cavity!
Sort of looks like a man with blonde hair!
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A short excursion off of the A.T. leads to Long Creek Falls.
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Long Creek Falls!
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Lunchtime at Hightower Gap!
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Our group at Three Forks. (l-r) Dan Ross, Steve Jordan,
Wayne Miller, John Bellamy, Jack Jacobi, Jack Slaton,
David Whitaker, (photo) Bob Presley


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