Little Tennessee River Greenway – Franklin, NC – 8/26/12 – 8 miles
Sunday morning Jim and I parted ways, him to do a 30-mile bike ride on the mountain roads around Franklin and me to walk on the Little Tennessee River Greenway. Danny’s second book, Hiking North Carolina's Blue Ridge Heritage, is an excellent guide for this greenway walk. I had forgotten to bring my sneakers so was stuck with my heavy hiking boots, not ideal for walking on flat asphalt, but here I go.
The Little Tennessee River was the color of peanut butter, muddy from the recent rains, slow moving and not very inspiring. I quickly realized that the reason to walk on this greenway is the flowers. Both sides of the path were bursting with late summer blooms. Occasionally there were display signs teaching about native and non-native plants. Some flowers I could identify, some are still a mystery.
One of several bridges crossing the Little Tennessee River
Queen Anne’s lace (non-native)
Same as above, just love the photo
Intertwined with pokeweed but I could not determine whether it was part of the vine
Great mullein - this one was taller than me
Swamp thistle #1
Swamp thistle #2
Swamp thistle #3
Swamp thistle #4
Trailside floral arrangement
What a delightful morning walk! I started out for some quick exercise and killing time waiting for Jim, and ended up taking dozens of photos with my little point-and-shoot Canon while enjoying the morning sunshine. Being outdoors is always wonderful.