Alum Cave Bluffs Trail

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Alum Cave Bluffs Trail

Post by bbeduhn » Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:41 am

I measured just along Alum Creek, due to time constraints. This is Bob's dream, yellow birch dominating the area. I've never seen yellow birch so thoroughly dominate a site along a creek before. They do dominate on ridge tops and mountain tops frequently. They get big and attain some height as well. These are well formed birch but their crowns seem to flatten out before they attain great height. Red spruce are the next most common canopy species. Some hemlocks have been treated and several are quite large.

Picea rubens 119.0' 113.2' 112.1' 111.4' 110.1'

Tsuga candensis 132.4' 116.3' ~90' 14'3" cbh

Betula allegheniensis 81.8'

Aesculus flava 111.1'

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Re: Alum Cave Bluffs Trail

Post by dbhguru » Tue Aug 11, 2015 3:15 pm

Bryan,

This trail produced some exceptional numbers for me that I've flashed before people in New England who can't quite grasp that yellow birch grow in the southern Appalachians, let alone achieve large size.

Bob
Robert T. Leverett
Co-founder, Native Native Tree Society
Co-founder and President
Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest
Co-founder, National Cadre

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Re: Alum Cave Bluffs Trail

Post by Rand » Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:10 pm

Ever try running that trail? It's a hoot.

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Re: Alum Cave Bluffs Trail

Post by bbeduhn » Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:50 am

That was my first time on that trail. It's uber popular and that's why I hadn't been on it before. I've heard it's pretty dicey in spots but they're working on it now from Monday through Thursday each week to make it safer and to handle the crowds so it may lose some character. Chimney Tops Trail recently got the same treatment.

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