Holmes Educational State Forest, Upper Loop – October 11, 2019

Holmes Trail Map

Photography by Ken Borgfeldt &  Penny Longhurst. Click on any picture to zoom and view the slide show.

 

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Jones Farm – October 4, 2019

Thanks, Betty for a great visit! Photography by Ken Borgfeldt & Penny Longhurst. (Click on any picture to zoom & enter the slide show).

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Mt. Hardy Trail – September 27, 2019

Photography by Ken Borgfeldt & Joe Standaert. (Click on any picture to zoom & enter the slide show)

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Ashmore Heritage Preserve – September 20, 2019

Photography by Ken Borgfeldt. (Click on any picture to zoom)

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Sam Knob Meadow – September 13, 2019

Photography by Ken Borgfeldt,  Penny Longhurst,  Jim Poling, & Joe Standaert. Click on any picture to zoom & enter the slide show.

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Purchase Knob – September 6, 2019

From the NPS website: The Appalachian Highland Science Learning Center is based on 535 acres in Haywood County, North Carolina, contiguous with the rest of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The parcel includes the 5,086 foot elevation Purchase Knob, a historic cabin, and two buildings which contain offices, laboratory space, a 50-person classroom, and housing for up to eight visiting scientists.

The buildings and land were donated in 2000 by Kathryn McNeil and Voit Gilmore, who had owned the property since 1964, and had built a summer home upon it. This represents the largest donation of land since GSMNP came into existence. Since then, the park has averaged about 5,000 visiting scientists, students and teachers each year. Everyday, the staff and program participants thank the family for their generous gift.

In 2001, Purchase Knob became the home of one of five initial Learning Centers created by Congress to support research in the National Parks and to transmit the information generated to the public. Eventually, 32 learning centers are expected nationwide. To learn more about Purchase Knobs visit the NPS website.

Photography by Ken Borgfeldt, Daudie Colson, & Penny Longhurst

 

 

 

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Parkway South Scout – August 21, 2019

At least two inches of rain overnight in Brevard so the field trip was cancelled, but you can see David’s pictures from the scout below. Photography by David Heavner.

 

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Sam Knob – Flat Laurel Creek Loop – August 16, 2019

Photography by Ken Borgfeldt, David Heavner, and Penny Longhurst. Click on any picture to enter the slide show.

 

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Bear Pen Gap to Wet Camp Gap – August 8, 2019

Some of us stopped at Wolf Mountain Overlook on the way home, so I’ve included pictures taken there. Thanks to the Standaert Bros. for long-distance ID-ing the mystery shrub in the meadow (Bill got it first!).

Photography by Ken Borgfeldt, Daudie & John Colson, Penny Longhurst, & Lucy Prim. Click on any picture to zoom.

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Frying Pan Gap to Pisgah Inn – August 2, 2019

Nineteen members braved threatening rain – and we stayed dry the whole way!

Photography by Ken Borgfeldt, John Harrison, Penny Longhurst, & Lucy Prim. (Click on any picture to zoom).

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