Blue Ridge Parkway by Rick Huffman

Event:  Tour Blue Ridge Parkway

Location:  Blue Ridge Parkway, Black Balsam

Date:  Saturday September 4th

Leaders:   Rick Huffman, Environmental Designer; Dan Whitten, Naturalist

Hike:  Moderate

The Blue Ridge Parkway in Western North Carolina is a magical botanical treasure any time of year. Roadsides and cliffs drape with a precession of colors and textures that tell a story of time and place. Fall comes early and the show of Mountain ash, Asters, Goldenrods, Grass of Parnassus, and Gentians are always spectacular. 

SCNPS will sponsor an all-day field trip to the beautiful and diverse Blue Ridge Parkway.  Participants will meet at 10 am at Devils Court House parking lot. Due to COVID safety, we will carpool to various destinations and overlooks. Final itinerary will be sent prior the event. Please dress appropriately and bring lunch and water. 

Our trip will be led by renowned parkway expert Rick Huffman and Naturalist Dan Whitten. We are honored to provide this wonderful opportunity to share a Parkway Day. 

Limit: 15 people, RSVP, Contact: Rick Huffman 864-901-7583 [email protected]

Chris Sermons 864 992 6987 [email protected]

Field Trip to Station Cove Falls

Saturday, March 23  8am to 2pm     Leaders:  Rick Huffman and Dan Whitten

Join Rick and Dan on this 3/4 mile easy trek into Sumpter National Forest.  Station Cove Falls is the premier cove forest habitat in the Upstate to see Spring ephemerals. such at Trilliums, Mayapples, and much more.  A grand reward at the trail’s end is Station Cove Falls!

Rick Huffman says,

“Station Cove Falls (also called Oconee Station Falls) is an ancient, timeless place where geology and plate tectonics have shaped and formed this land into what we see today.  Each year the pilgrimage begins early in February and March to see the promise of a rich bounty of botanical treasures.

Few realize how botanically old this place is or understand the role of amphibolite (Mineral) plays in making this a botanical wonderland. Some have said it’s the best Cove Forest habitat on the Eastern Seaboard, some in authority have claimed this place to be the most ancient place for plants on the planet.  From Blood Root, Trilliums, Mayapple, Violets, Rue Anemone, Hepatica and wood betony, we find ourselves in reverence of this place. We find salvation from our urban hectic lives and we feel at home. I have called this place ‘The Church’. It’s where I go to find that peace, that serenity, the sense of promise and renewal.  The SCNPS has long held this place sacred and we go there on March 23rd to experience the wonders of creation and of time and place. Joins us as we make the journey back in time to find our peace today.”

You don’t want to miss this trip!!  The outing will also include a excursion along the Estatoe at Nine Times Nature Preserve to view many more spring wildflowers.

Meet at 8am at Holly Springs Store, 6491 SC-11, Pickens, SC 29671, at the intersection of Hwy. 11 and SC 178.   Bring water, lunch/snacks and dress in field clothing and hiking or sturdy walking shoes.  A hiking stick is optional.

To sign up contact Rick Huffman at : <[email protected]>or call (864) 901-7583.  Please include a cell phone number for last minute information.  Please include the number in your party, whether or not you are willing to be a driver for carpooling, and how many riders you could accommodate.