Monday, June 7, 2010
Dayhike on Savage Gulf
Continuing on, we came to the a spot where we could spot Savage Falls Overlook through the foliage on the ridge.
Then we began a gradual decline, and it wasn't long before we were somewhat parallel to Savage Creek.
At one piont, there is a sign beside the water indicating it was the home of a long ago moonshine still. A little further, we came to the top of wooden stairs. At the bottom, there were huge rock boulders and we found ourselves at the bottom of the falls with a gorgeous inviting pool. A few continued on out onto some large boulders that were out into the stream.
Approximately 500 acres in Savage Gulf along Savage Creek below Savage Falls were never logged, so today the stand of hemlock, yellow poplar, oak, ash, basswood, beech, maple, and hickory is one of the largest old-growth remnants of the mixed mesophytic region of the Eastern deciduous forest. The importance of the forest is recognized in its designation as a National Natural Landmark. «
The italicized portion above is copied from the Savage Gulf State Park website, but I thought it was worth noting as there aren't many area's to be found in southeastern Appalachia that hasn't been logged!
The group loafed about bit here for a while, and I got a pic of Bob with his sweet daughter, Laura (I think!).