In the winter of 2012/13, we held our most popular outings ever at the Hiwassee Refuge. Join us as we visit the Hiwassee Refuge (http://www.tennesseerivervalleygeotourism.org/content/hiwassee-refuge/ten1514BF745EA77975B) to watch Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, ducks and more! You'll also learn about how you can help protect nearly 20,000 acres in Tennessee's Cherokee National Forest.
The day will begin at the Refuge viewing platform at 10am. We'll remain there until approximately 90 minutes. Then we'll carpool 5 minutes to the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park at Historic Blythe Ferry (http://www.tennesseerivervalleygeotourism.org/content/cherokee-removal-memorial-park-at-historic-blythe-ferry/ten7DCDE1AE75A3CC4D4). We'll view the displays at the park, and then walk a short distance to a viewing platform over the Tennessee River where we'll have lunch among the Cedar Trees while we watch birds on the river.
Storyteller and Aldo Leopold expert Jim Pfitzer will be joining us, and he will recite Leopold's moving essay, Marshland Elegy. Don't miss it!
This outing is easy and perfect for folks of all ages and physical ability. Both the Hiwassee Refuge Platform, and the viewing platform at the Cherokee Removal Park are handicapped accessible.
On I-75, take exit number 25 in Cleveland, Tennessee. Travel north on Highway 60 through the town of Birchwood. Approximately 1.7 miles north of Birchwood, turn right on Shadden Road. Go one mile and turn right on Blythe Ferry Road. Take the next left on Priddy Lane and follow signs.