Craggy Flats - full write-up

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Re: Craggy Flats - full write-up

Post by bbeduhn » Thu Aug 11, 2011 3:44 pm

I think you're about spot on with the age guesstimations. The Craggies are loaded with bizarre yellow birch forms. I've found no other area that compares in terms of contortion. The Smokies have a fair amount and south of Asheville along the Parkway, there are nice forms as well, but the Craggies take the cake.

In some years the mountain ash is fantastic and in others it is absolutely spectacular! 2006 was one of those years and 2010 was close.

I'll do some exploring on some less traveled trails to give you some other areas to search.

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Re: Craggy Flats - full write-up

Post by dbhguru » Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:05 pm


Thanks much. I don't know what the Parkway staff know about the forests in the places, but I'm sure that we can help them. That is a secondary, but important object of the book project.

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Re: Craggy Flats - full write-up

Post by James Parton » Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:27 pm


I can remember the Mountain Ashes being really brilliant in 2003 also. I have always preferred calling them " American Rowan " since they are closely related to the Rowan ( European Mountain Ash ) of Europe. The leaves of the European tree are more rounded than that the American species.
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Re: Craggy Flats - full write-up

Post by Josh Kelly » Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:49 am


I love morels, too but they are a spring mushroom. In the fall I focus on the edibles in family Polyporaceae.


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