Upstate: Field trip to Pearson’s Falls

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Wednesday, Mar 23, Field trip to Pearson Falls, 2748 Pearson Falls Rd., Saluda, NC 28773.  Meet there at 10:00am.  Cost is $5.00 per person.  There is an annual pass available.  Leader: Virginia Meador

There is a gentle .25 mile climb along the trail’s whole length, though it is never steep. Watch for occasional loose rocks, roots, and wet areas.  Walking Fern, ( Asplenium rhizophyllum) is one of the rarities due to the neutral soil in this glen.  We will also explore looking for interesting plants that can also be found outside the gate and along the public road.

Please email me at [email protected] to sign up.  Questions: 864-468-4160, I’ll return your call.

Upstate field trip: Chestnut Ridge HP

Optional carpool meets at 9:00 am.
Leaders: Bill Robertson, Lynne Scoggins, Bill Sharpton, and Dan Whitten

This is an outing for both photographers and non-photographers to enjoy the wildflowers of this nearby heritage preserve. The trail is of moderate difficulty up and over Squirrel Mountain. The photography group will hike in and out a total of 4 miles. Photographers should bring their camera gear and a tripod. Our  leaders will give tips and advice on nature photography. Non-photographers will move more quickly along the trail, botanizing as we go, all the way to the Pacolet River for a total in and out hike of six miles. We can expect to see sweet betsy trillium, bloodroot, spring beauties, fire pinks, wild azaleas, trout lilies, and much more. Come for all or part of the day.

Meet at the trailhead parking area at 9:45 am. The HP is off Hwy. 11 at Oak Grove Road, Landrum, SC 29356. Go to for directions and trail map. If you wish to carpool from Greenville, meet at 9:00 am at the McDonald’s at 5050 Old Buncombe Road, Greenville, in University Square shopping center.
Bring a lunch, water, and snacks. Wear hiking footwear, seasonal clothing and a hat. Hiking sticks are advisable as there are a few steep slopes. Lastly, bring a smile for our first NPS hike of the season!

To reserve for this trip, email Judy Seeley at [email protected] Please give a cell phone contact for last minute information and indicate if you plan to carpool or to drive directly.