Short Walk in the North Chickamauga Creek Pocket Wilderness #Wildflowers

My wife and I took a short walk in the North Chickamauga Creek Pocket Wilderness (now managed by Tennessee’s Cumberland State Park; I think it is now named the North Chickamauga State Natural Area) near Soddy-Daisy today. This is a lovely walk along the North Chickamauga Creek; nothing real steep for the first half mile or so. Lots of wildflowers and a beautiful creek to boot. Here are photos of a few of the wildflowers that are blooming.

Forkleaf Toothwort - Cardamine dissecta

Forkleaf Toothwort – Cardamine dissecta was probably the predominant plant along the lower part of the trail.

Sweet Betsy - Trillium cuneatum

Sweet Betsy – Trillium cuneatum – was everywhere as well, starting along the driveway into the parking lot.

Rue Anemone - Thalictrum thalictroides

Rue Anemone – Thalictrum thalictroides – was plentiful as well. Most were white, but several were this beautiful shade of pink.

Wild Geranium - Geranium maculatum

Wild Geranium – Geranium maculatum – were scattered along the trail, but the tops of several boulders were strikingly covered with them.

Wood Vetch - Vicia caroliniana

There were a few Wood Vetch – Vicia caroliniana – plants along the trail as well.

Halberdleaf Yellow Violet - Viola hastata

Halberdleaf Yellow Violet – Viola hastata – started showing up as delightful clusters of gold later along the creek.

There were also some buttercups, common blue violets, blue phlox, and ragwort blooming along the trail, and a buckeye tree was about to bloom. Redbud was also beginning.

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