Tim Schaefer reporting
Event Date: October 27th
It was a beautiful fall day for a hike along the tracks to the old train bridge. For those who haven’t ventured out here yet, it’s an extremely nice hike with great views along a narrow gage train track (i.e. flat and even grade). As always, check out our wiki for Doe River Gorge for details on the trail. Joining me was my family, Jaime and Paul Aiello, and Zhufang Liu and Jingua Yuan and their children.
Collins Chew reporting
We had occasional misty rain part of the time for our hike through the Doe River Gorge, but it did not interfere with our enjoyment of the day. After signing releases to the landowners, a Christian Camp, we hiked along the old Tweetsie railroad grade for about 2.5 miles and then returned. Several geologic features were noted to be of interest. There were quite a few wildflowers. The showiest were purple phacelia and fire pink, but there were many others. We were back in time to picnic at the camp tables. Hikers were Olin Babb, Kathy and Jerry Case, Anne Cosby, Jan and Chuck Mather, Brian Paley, Susie Seiler, Jerry Sluder, and Collins Chew.
Leader: Vic Hasler
Ah, a spring walk on a warm Sunday afternoon! With area temperatures reaching 87˚F, the shaded Doe River Gorge offered a comfortable hike while viewing and photographing the early wildflowers (wild ginger, yellow and wake robin trilliums, longspur, bleeding hearts, fire pink, and more). The three cars for the eight folks from TEHCC converged from different directions at the camp around 1:45. A surprise was when more cars with another 21 people pulled up at that same time. During the hike, we figured out that two hiking clubs had arrived coincidently for the same hike. Thus the trip was enjoyed with the “Little Lost Hikers” from Linville, NC (including some Boy Scouts from two troops). A real benefit was their wildflower expert who helped with identification. (FYI, looks like more flowers would be in bloom in early to mid-May.) The 5-mile hike was completed in roughly three hours. From TEHCC were Troy Greenwald, his daughter Ella, and mother Joan Amato, Sharon Burnette, Solange Adams, Serita Blankenbecler, and Cinda Foglesong.
Details of this trail have been captured in the new club wiki, including the wildflower pictures and identification. This shared knowledge could be useful to others for deciding where to hike and explore in the region.