Friday, October 24th, was a great day for the ‘Nature Walk’ at Jasper Highlands. The day was seasonably warm with brilliant sunshine and a refreshing breeze…typical Plateau autumn weather. The event began with a brief welcome ceremony at Pat’s Summit regarding the purpose and objective of the gathering.
Each attendee was provided a brochure entitled ‘A Guide to the Flora and Fauna’ of Jasper Mountain. In the brochure, emphasis was placed on the taxonomy and identification of the common trees, wildflowers, and birds one may encounter in Jasper Highlands and the surrounding area. In tune with the autumn season, there was also a section of the brochure that dealt with why the leaves of the deciduous trees turn specific colors.
From Pat’s Summit we walked a section of Huff n’ Puff Trail, pausing often to discuss the species of trees and woodland shrubs along the trail. After a short break for refreshment, we then proceeded to the area near Raulston Falls on the western escarpment of Jasper Highlands.
There was discussion about how to distinguish the many species of oaks on the Plateau, how to tell the ‘gum’ trees (Sweetgum, Blackgum, Sourgum) apart, the many species of wildflowers in the daisy family (Compositae) in the Jasper Highlands area, and even a stop to discuss a Persimmon tree, of which a specimen was located that was hanging full of fruit (the fruit turns from green to orange during the fall season)! The group was comprised of property owners and guests who traveled to Tennessee for the weekend events at Jasper Highlands. We had a great time! Questions about the scenic natural world of Jasper Highlands and the Cumberland Plateau? I would love to hear from you!
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