Father’s Day Botany Hike

Sunday, June 19, 8:30 AM-12 PM

Bates Ferry Trailhead Parking Lot
Congaree National Park

Leader: Dr. John Nelson

In appreciation of the Park’s summer vegetation and any flora-loving fathers out there, Friends of Congaree Swamp will organize a hike at Little Buckhead along the US 601 causeway on the eastern end of the park.  Some of the time will likely be spent along the transmission line easement inspecting the abundance of vegetation in that area, though we will also duck into the woods to escape the sun and inspect river levee vegetation along Bates Old River.  Professor John Nelson, Chief Curator of USC’s A.C. Moore Herbarium, will lead the botany tour.   This area also hosts an abundance of butterflies, dragonflies and other insects.

This hike will be mostly off-trail or on old hunt club trails.  Participants should be in moderate physical shape. Bring water and insect repellant; long pants are recommended.  Jogging shoes or light hiking boots are appropriate. We will meet at the parking lot for the Bates Ferry Trail off US 601 at the east end of the park.


Contact: John Grego
(803) 331-3366 (cell)

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