Mary Priestley leads wildflower hike on the Mountain Goat Trail

Note: Naturalist Mary Priestley sent an account of the walk she led on the unpaved section of the Mountain Goat Trail, from Pearl’s restaurant to Highway 156, to Dan Hickey and Brian Beathard of Pearl’s. It is reproduced here by permission.

Nathan Bourne describing the wildlife around a small spring

Hi Dan and Brian!

I’m writing to tell you what a nice wildflower hike the Sewanee Herbarium had on the 25th, walking from Pearl’s to St. Andrews and back. Fifteen people came on that beautiful Saturday morning to stroll with  post-baccalaureate fellow Nathan Bourne and me. The grade is so welcoming — Saturday’s oldest participant is in her 80’s. How great for her to be able to enjoy the walk and not worry about whether she can “make it”!

There were a lot of late-summer wildflowers, as well as other nice botanical and ecological features to point out. I’m including a list of some of the plants that are on that section of the trail. The photo dubbed “puddle,” shows Nathan talking about the wildlife around the little spring. We saw frogs and insects in the water; deer and raccoon tracks around it.

Next time we should time our walk to coincide with Pearl’s hours of operation — we didn’t realize that our landmark restaurant would already be back in business when we scheduled the hike.

Yay for Pearl’s! Yay for the Mountain Goat! Yay for our beautiful mountaintop!

Nathan and some leaves

To see Mary’s list of plants, click here:

Mtn Goat Trail Pearl’s to St Andrews



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