Category Archives: Lula Lake Land Trust

#NPOD: Virginia Sweetspire #Nativeplants

Virginia Sweetspire – Native Plant of the Day 06/05/2017
Photo from 05/29/2009. Location: Lula Lake, Walker County, GA.
More photos / info at the Itea virginica detail page.

Virginia Sweetspire, Virginia Willow, Tassel-white - Itea virginica

Virginia Sweetspire, Virginia Willow, Tassel-white – Itea virginica

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#NPOD: White Milkweed #Nativeplants

White Milkweed – Native Plant of the Day 06/04/2017
Photo from 05/29/2010. Location: Lula Lake, Walker County, GA.
More photos / info at the  Asclepias variegata detail page.

White Milkweed, Redring Milkweed, Variegated Milkweed - Asclepias variegata

White Milkweed, Redring Milkweed, Variegated Milkweed – Asclepias variegata

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#NPOD: Southern Showy Skullcap #Nativeplants

Southern Showy Skullcap – Native Plant of the Day 06/03/2017
Photo from 05/29/2010. Location: Lula Lake, Walker County, GA.
More photos / info at the  Scutellaria pseudoserrata detail page.

Southern Showy Skullcap, Falseteeth skullcap - Scutellaria pseudoserrata

Southern Showy Skullcap, Falseteeth skullcap – Scutellaria pseudoserrata

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Lula Lake Winter Wonderland – January 2014

We (along with much of the rest of the country) have experienced a couple of significant cold snaps recently – Polar Vortex is what I’ve been hearing it called.  In any case, I thought it might provide an opportunity to see some iced waterfalls, and fortunately the Lula Lake Core Property “open day” on January 25 corresponded with one of these cold snaps where we had several days with temperatures staying well below freezing.  My son-in-law and I grabbed some warm clothes and headed up onto the mountain.  It was everything we’d hoped for; here are a few images…

Lula Falls

Partially frozen Lula Falls

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Lula Lake Area and Lula Falls – 11/24/2012

On Friday, 11/23, I was planning for a potential visit to Virgin Falls in February and I ran across information that Virginia Spiraea – Spiraea virginiana – one of the rarest shrubs in North America, is found there.  A bit more time on Google quickly revealed that Virginia Spiraea is also found along Rock Creek at Lula Lake, and I got pretty excited.  Lula Lake is on Lookout Mountain just above the valley where I live south of Chattanooga.  Found the Lula Lake Land Trust on Facebook, and lo and behold, there was a picture of a gentleman looking at their Virginia Spiraea posted only a couple of days earlier, and a notice that the property would be open today, Saturday.  OK, there are now some tentative plans for Saturday.

Lula Lake and Upper Falls by USWildflowers, on Flickr

Lula Lake and Upper Falls

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Return to Lula Lake

Lower Lula Falls

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.

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