Mountain Wood Sorrel – Native Plant of the Day 05/31/2016
Photo from 06/18/2005. Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN. More photos / info at the Oxalis montana detail page.
The Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area is a recreational day-use area and campground near Suches, Georgia at the site where a Civilian Conservation Corps camp was located in the 1930’s, and some of the facilities (the beach bathhouse; maybe other parts) were built for that camp. I had heard that there were Yellow Ladyslippers blooming in the vicinity, so I spent two nights there 05/18/2016 and 05/19/2016. While there is only a single site available with electricity, this is definitely a campground worthy of your consideration if you can get that site, or especially if you don’t need electricity. While there are some issues with the bathhouses, the campground and campsites are nice, and the location is superb.
Mountain Bellwort, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (05/18/2016.) Scientific name is Uvularia puberula. Photo below was taken along the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Schoolhouse Gap Trail, Blount County, TN on April 20, 2016. Go to the Mountain Bellwort detail page for more information.
The Forestry Service website calls the Indian Boundary Recreation Area and Campground the “crown jewel of the South Zone of the Cherokee National Forest .” My wife and I spent four nights there 05/09/2016 thru 05/13/2016, and I cannot disagree with them. While there are a few shortcomings (mostly minor issues with the bathhouses), it would be very difficult to beat this value in RV, trailer, and tent camping. The campground and campsites are VERY nice, and the location is superb.