625 Virginia Cates Road, Hillsborough, 27278 (map)
Occoneechee Mountain is the highest point (867 ft.) from Hillsborough to the coast, and is home to a variety of plants and animals more often found in the mountains—for example, Brown Elfin Butterflies 100 miles away from any other population.
In May, a spectacular show of Mountain Laurel is a highlight and bird life includes many neotropical migrants, Pileated Woodpeckers, and other residents. It is a beautiful walk and one of the most important natural areas of the Triangle.
This is a joint activity with Piedmont Bird Club.
Location: 625 Virginia Cates Road, Hillsborough, 27278
Time: Depart from Greensboro at 8:30 a.m. Check with the leader for location to meet.
Duration: 3.5 hours Habitat: Chestnut Oak forest, pond, field, heath bluff, ravines Difficulty rating: 3; a moderate climb including a loop trail of 2.2 miles, exposed rocks and roots
Provisions needed: Water, sturdy footwear, weather-appropriate clothing.
Carpooling arrangements will be made a week in advance; optional restaurant lunch stop in Hillsborough on the return trip.
Cancellation: Cancels in case of rain; decision will made by 7:30 a.m. the morning of the trip. Leader: Lynn and Phil Moseley