We did one other hike last week which I want to share. Chestnut Top Trail is one of the premier trails for spring wildflowers. Since the season seems to be peaking early this year, we were not sure there would be many flowers on Chestnut Top, but didn’t want to just leave without giving it a check. Saturday morning, we were tossing around a few possibilities for the day and decided on this hike. We were not disappointed.
|One flowered Cancer Root|
This trail is all uphill from the road to the top of Chestnut Top then a slight down then a bump before it goes slightly down to Schoolhouse Gap. The first half mile gains a thousand feet and is the steepest section of the entire 4.25 mile trail. The early flowers may have been gone, but we saw plenty of False Solomon’s Seal, Solomon’s Seal, a few Dwarf Crested Iris, Phacelia, stonecrop, and even a couple Little Brown Jugs.
|I can't believe Mountain Laurel is starting to bloom already|
|State line on top of that ridge. That may be Thunderhead, I'm not sure|
The highlight of the day came shortly after we left our lunch spot. Two pink Lady Slippers were in bloom just off the edge of the trail. They were in an area open to views of the ridge beyond so I guess we were looking at that and missed the Lady Slippers on our way up. That pretty much made our day.
Since we had stopped to examine every blooming thing on our way up, we didn’t bother with that on our way down and the return trip moved along much faster.
Not all flowers bloom in the spring and there’ll be something to see all during the summer, but there’s no time quite as magnificent as spring.
Tomorrow will be a little orientation and sightseeing in Waynesville, North Carolina.
That’s it for today. Thanks for tagging along.