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Old Jul 28, 2009, 6:21 AM   #1
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Default Blackstack Cliffs & Firescald Knob

Took a little 8 mile hike along the AT in Greene County yesterday - main purpose was to enjoy the views from some of the high country on a day without storms! Here are some of the views from Blackstack Cliffs:
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This section of the AT goes through an area that was logged back in the 1930's. Part of it also experienced a major forest fire in the early 1980's. But it is recovering well. Here is a view along the trail, showing how lush and green the landscape is becoming:
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The trail was re-routed in 2003 to allow hikers to enjoy the views along Firescald Knob (the center of much of the forest fire):
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Firescald Knob is also rich in ripe berries! Here are some Trilliums, Bluebead Lilies, and Blueberries. The area is thick with ripe blueberries right now (I think we did leave a few for you!!)
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Of course this area is home to a great diversity of blooming things. Here are two of the native liles (Carolina Lily & Turk's Cap Lily) which bloom on opposite sides of the knob.
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At one time, there was an attempt to develop a resort in this area. It failed, and most of the structures are gone. Here is a shot of one remaining wall - look how quicly nature is taking over!
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There are some HUGE trees in this area, despite the logging. Isn't this a fine Sugar Maple!
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And finally, a few views from White Rock Cliff - taken as we were hurrying to leave before the next storm broke!

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Those are beautiful photos. They remind me of my trip through the Great Smoky National Park, another wonderful and scenic area. I envy you in that you have places such as these in your "backyard".

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Nice pictures. Yes nature is great at healing itself. Good to see such a beautiful landscape restored.

The berries seem to be especially heavy this year at least up here in NE. Does this indicate a harsh winter ahead? The trees should be particularly beautiful this fall as they are heavily laden with leaves due to all the rain.

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