Whorled Loosestrife (<i>Lysimachia quadrifolia</i>)

Lake Cherokee

Lake Cherokee was a pleasant surprise I discovered while working at the site, located in far western North Carolina near the town of Murphy. Arriving a bit early for my shift I decided to go for a quick stroll around and found a wonderful variety of wildflowers as well as a pleasant lake side path which winds out to the dam which creates Lake Cherokee. The lake itself is small, formed from a small tributary which flows into neighboring Hiwassee Lake. The site has a nice picnic area and a large fishing pier which hints at the fact that this might be a fairly busy place in the summer months. As it was, I was able to enjoy a nice mile loop around the park taking time to 'smell the roses' as it were. This album is essentially a wildflower gallery with a few shots of Lake Cherokee thrown in for good measure. It was a great way to kick off a day of work...

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:  35.065171, -84.163650

Route Type: Double Out-and-back      Difficulty: EASY (Petzoldt Rating: 1.70 )      Hike Length: 1.5 miles      Hike Duration: 0:45      Trailhead Temp: 65'F                Trail Traffic: 1-5 people      Min. Elevation: 1,549'      Max. Elevation: 1,580'      Total Vertical Gain: 100'      Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile: 67'