Shrub Yellowroot – Native Plant of the Day 03/25/2016
Photo from 03/22/2009. Location: Hamilton County, TN. More photos / info at the
Xanthorhiza simplicissima detail page.
I’d recently heard that the area was open to the public one or two days a month, and my son-in-law took several of his kids up there in April, thoroughly enjoying the visit. When my wife’s brother and his family came for a visit from Florida and wanted to hike in the mountains, this seemed like a great opportunity for my first visit to the reopened area, especially since Cindy’s brother Steve hadn’t been to the area in about 30 years. Saturday morning we packed some snacks, grabbed some grandkids, and our crew of 10 headed up the mountain.
The Glen on Lookout Mountain, with the trailhead along Och’s Highway which goes from Chattanooga to Lookout Mountain, Georgia – home of Rock City – is a great place to take the grandkids. A nice trail with no really challenging sections, relatively short walk to the creek down which the water cascades (at least until the dry summer,) and that great area with high rock bluffs makes for a fun adventure without taking the entire day. Continue reading