Sept. 12-13, 2015
The West Virginia Native Plant Society will conduct field trips to the Greenbrier River Rail Trail and Whites Draft shale barren on Saturday and Meadow River Wildlife Management Area Sunday morning. A board meeting will be held at the Blue Bend Recreation Area of the Monongahela National Forest on 9/12/15 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.
Lodging: Super 8, Lewisburg, WV 304-647-3188
Quality Inn, Lewisburg, WV 304-645-7722
Village Inn, White Sulpher Springs, WV 304-536-3353
Cabins: Greenbrier Sate Forest 800-CALL WVA
Camping: Blue Bend Recreation Area
Greenbrier State Forest
Lake Sherwood Recreation Area of the Monongahela National Forest 877-444-6777
Greenbrier River Rail Trail hike September 12. Meet at the trail head parking lot at Keister or Kister, WV at 9:00 am. From US 219 north of Lewisburg, WV turn on Benedict Lane CR 219/19 (just south of the Greenbrier County Airport), turn right on to CR 30 then and immediate left on to CR 30/1. Stay left of this road to a small gravel parking lot at the trail. This scenic trail offers diverse habitats in a limestone region. We should see canada yew, oak fern, and quillwort. This will be a two to three mile round trip on a level path. Bring a packed lunch. The walk should last into the early afternoon.
There will be a board meeting at the picnic shelter in the Monongahela National Forest Blue Bend Recreation Area from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. From US 219 just south of Frankford, WV take CR 21 east, stay straight on to CR 21/2 through Anthony, WV. Continuing east across the Greenbrier River the road becomes CR 16/2. The recreation area is located on the right a total of eight miles east of US 219 or about four miles west of SR 92 from Alvon, WV.
Whites Draft shale barren walk at 4:30 pm. From White Sulpher Springs take SR 92 north eight miles just north of Alvon. Turn right at the church on to CR 15/3 Whites Draft Rd. The shale barren is about .5 mile out at the first stream crossing on the left side (Monongahela National Forest property) of the road. Here we can see whitehair leatherflower, kates mountain clover, yellow buckwheat, and other shale barren species.
Meadow River WMA walk September 13. Meet at the gas station at the Dawson exit of I-64 at 9:00 am. We will take a short walk (may be through high weeds and brush) into a swamp white oak wetland.
Location: Panther is located in the rugged mountains near the southern border of West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky. From Route 52, one mile north of Iaegar, turn at the sign to Panther. At the Panther Post Office, turn left at the sign and follow the road approximately 3.5 miles to the area entrance. The Group Camp Lodge is approximately two miles south of the entrance on the right.
Lodging: Group Camp Lodge. Large bunk area for $20.00 for one night or $30.00 for two nights payable to Judi White, WVNPS Treasurer, 148 Wellesley Dr., Washington, WV 26181. Bring your own bedding or sleeping bag, towels, etc. A commercial kitchen is also available in the lodge to prepare your own meals. If there is interest, we could provide food for a dinner Saturday night for those who register for the trip. The food cost would be in addition to the costs for lodging.
The nearest hotels are located in Bluefield and Princeton, WV a one and one half hour drive to Panther WMA.
Camping: Six sites are available at $14.00 per night, payable to Panther WMA.
Field trips: We will be car caravanning or hiking from the Group Camp Lodge starting at 9:00 am to various points in the WMA Saturday morning and afternoon April 25. Lunch, as are all meals, will be on your own.
There will be a board meeting from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Group Camp Lodge.
We may continue exploring areas in Panther on Sunday morning 9:00 am, April 26 or venture on to Berwind Wildlife Management area located south of War, WV.
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