News Release Date: May 9, 2014
Big South Fork Geologist Chad Harrold will be leading a walk through time on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The hike begins at the Leatherwood Ford gazebo at 10:00 a.m. (ET). From there, Chad will lead folks along the Angel Falls Trail to Angel Falls, a distance of 2.0 miles one way. Visitors will discover the park was once located in a shallow sea and beach environment more than 300 million years ago. As the group proceeds down the trail, viewing of fossils, minerals, coal seams and paleoenvironments will be discussed.
Leatherwood Ford is located between Headquarters and Bandy Creek on Leatherwood Road (Highway 297) in the gorge next to the river. Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and come prepared for the weather.Cameras are encouraged.
For more information or directions, please call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275.
Cumberland sandwort is one of several species of threatened and endangered plants found throughout Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Cumberland sandwort only grows in the dry sandy soils of certain rockshelters found in and around Big South Fork.