The Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) will host a 1.5-mile hike at Lauren Mountain Preserve in Bassett, Virginia. Like all of DRBA's First Saturday Outings, this event is open to the public free of charge. Coordinated by DRBA board member Ellen Jessee, an avid outdoorswoman and wildflower expert, the hike will begin at the trailhead, 200 Wells Hollow Road, Bassett, VA (GPS 36.770553, -80.005383). Jessee comments, "Love the river, the rock cliffs, and the native plants along this trail. And Papa's Pizza nearby is another big plus!"
Although few wildflowers are blooming this time of year, the preserve is noted for spring flowers such as trilliums, dwarf crested iris, and showy orchis. Rocky outcrops along the river hide Jack-in-the-Pulpits and Indian pipes. Even in late autumn, huge beech trees clinging to the outcrops and hillside, as well as beautiful sycamores along the riverbanks, create peaceful, stately surroundings.
Participants in the hike are asked to dress in layers of wool or synthetic fabric, wear hiking boots, and be prepared for rain or wind. Each participant is asked to sign a waiver. Bring a hiking stick, water, and snacks or lunch.
Admission Fee: Free Admission
Last Updated: 11/19/2015 10:21 AM