Saturday, March 14, 2014 was a beautiful day with perfect morning temperatures for hiking, and fortunately my grandson Philip had asked me to take him for a hike, so around 9 AM we headed out from Camp Vesper Point for a visit to the nearby North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area. This was my grandson’s first visit to the North Chick, and I hadn’t been there in many years, so while I was hoping for wildflowers, I wasn’t sure what to expect.
On my last visit to this area, it was known as the North Chickamauga Pocket Wilderness, and was owned by Bowater, the paper company. Bowater had set aside several rugged areas for public use, and called them “pocket wildernesses.” I suspect due to the litigious nature of our population, Bowater transferred ownership to the state of Tennessee, and the area is now part of the state park system, and has become – officially, at least – the North Chickamauga Creek State Natural Area.
Since our spring is running late this year, and since the last time I had been there was before I was “into” wildflowers, I didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleased with the hike, the creek, the weather, and the company of my grandson on our approximately 1.5 mile hike of the Hogskin Branch Loop trail. There were several flowering plants in addition to the Trillium shown above, and other items of interest during our walk. Here are a few photos.
A great visit to a great location!