Adopt-a-Trail Workday

Adopt-a-Trail Workday (Yellow-throated Warbler)

Saturday, March 14, 2015
9:00 AM – around 1:30 PM

We will be clearing our adopted trails (Boardwalk, Sims Trail, Weston Lake Loop Trail, Oakridge Trail) and other trails of fallen limbs, switch cane, flotsam, and intruding branches. Our winter work-day theme is Yellow-throated Warbler, and we will be listening for these early migrants on the trail.

We will meet at the Visitor Center at 9 AM and will finish in the early afternoon. Work gloves, light hiking boots, water, and a snack are recommended. If you have loppers, long-handled shears (good for switch cane) or bow saws, bring them along. Friends members and Park staff will provide gear if you do not have any. Please contact John Grego (jrgrego@sc.rr.com; 803-331-3366) if interested.

Red Bluff Road Ramble

Congaree National Park

Saturday, January 17, 2014
9 AM—2 PM

Red Bluff Road runs along the northern edge of the park between South Cedar Creek Road and Griffin Creek Road. The road is regularly intersected by jeep trails that lead to attractive beech bluffs along Cedar Creek through pine forests that the park actively manages with controlled burns. Rather than travel along the road itself, which is not in the Park, we will hike along a firebreak cut by Park staff and explore Cedar Creek along the designated jeep roads. Depending on time, we may hike to the farthest jeep trail and visit Elder Lake. There are several homesites along the way to investigate, including at least one we have not visited before on a field trip.

This hike will be mostly along jeep roads and fire breaks; there may be some wet spots to negotiate. Participants should be in moderate physical shape. Bring water and a snack and a couple extra layers-weather is unpredictable in mid-January. Light hiking shoes or boots are appropriate. We will meet in the South Cedar Creek Road canoe/kayak landing parking lot and then carpool to the western end of Red Bluff Road.

Contact John Grego to register: (803) 331-3366 or jrgrego@sc.rr.com