Location: Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area, TN
Start time: 10 am
Est end time: 12:30 pm
Difficulty: Moderate, 5
Leaders: Tom Gatti & David Smith (both former SAHC seasonal Roan Ecologists)
Join us for a moderate 3-mile hike led by Tom Gatti and David Smith (both former SAHC seasonal Roan Ecologists) in the Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area. The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy purchased Hampton Creek Cove before transferring it to the State of Tennessee for permanent protection. We continue to help manage the property for species habitat and recreation. The hike will feature the chance to see and hear Golden-winged Warblers, the ruins of the Lenoir Shell homestead, and BIG old-growth trees. Witnessing poplar, northern red oak, black cherry, and sugar maple trees exceeding 3 and 4 feet in diameter will take you to a different time. Along the trail, keep your eyes peeled for black cohosh, spiderwort, showy orchis, woodland stonecrop, and many other wildflowers!