Directions to Cedar Creek Gorge

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 1:00 PM
Cedar Creek Gorge, Westmoreland County
Leaders: Mark Bowers, cell 724-454-4012; monarda55@gmail.com

Directions: From Pittsburgh, travel PA 51 south to its junction with PA 201 (just after Bills and Willowbrook Plaza). Continuing on PA 51, travel 2 additional miles to the traffic light for Concord Ln (gas station and Burger King on left) and turn left. (This traffic light at Concord Ln can also be reached by I-70 exit 46B and continuing north on PA 51 for a very short distance). Traveling on Concord Ln, bear right at fork and then turn right onto Municipal Dr. Continue about 0.6 mile past Timm’s Lane, and turn left into the main entrance to Cedar Creek Park. Follow this road downhill, cross the bike trail, and turn left to continue through a series of parking lots until you reach the farthest parking lot, near the Gorge Trail.
GPS coordinates: 40.17830, -79.77820
Cedar Creek, known for Snow Trillium in March and Bluebells in April, has many interesting calciphiles in the upper slopes and an explosion of Few-flowered Valerians on the floodplain in mid-May.
Saturday, May 26, 2018, 10:00 AM

Directions to Wolf Creek Narrows

Monday, May 7, 2018, 10:00 AM
Wolf Creek Narrows, Butler County
Leader: Dianne Machesney; Contact Information: DIANNEM15237@aol.com; cell: (412) 523-0368; home: (412) 366-7869
Directions: From Pittsburgh take I-79 north to Exit 105. At the end of the ramp turn left on PA 108. Travel east on PA 108 for about 0.7 miles to West Park Rd (Dairy Queen on the right). Turn left onto West Park Road (SR 1015) and drive north about 1.8 miles to SR 1020 (you can see some large silos on the right). Turn right on SR 1020 (Miller Rd) and drive about 1.7 miles to the small parking lot on the right. (SR 1020 is a winding road and at an almost T intersection, turn right to stay on SR 1020.) If you reach the bridge, you have gone too far. The parking lot is just before you reach the bridge over Wolf Creek.
GPS coordinates: 41.06370, -80.08820

Directions to McDanels Boat Launch, Moraine State Park

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 10:00 AM
Wildflower Wanderings at Moraine State Park McDanels Launch Area, Butler County
Leader: Bonnie Isaac; Cell- 724-944-7160; E-mail: IsaacB@CarnegieMNH.Org
Directions: Travel I-79 north to Exit 96/ Portersville. And turn right onto PA 488. Continue 1.2 miles and turn left onto Pleasant Valley Rd at the Moraine State Park Sign. Continue 0.8 miles to US422 west. Continue west on US422 for 2 miles to the North Shore ramp. Keep right to continue on McDanels Rd. Turn right onto McDanels Rd and continue to boat launch. Meet by the North Country Scenic Trail near the purple martin houses along the entrance road.
GPS coordinates: 40.96620, -80.12570
McDanel’s is a popular area, but many people may be overlooking delicate gems of spring in the nearby woods. We will explore the woods along a portion of the North Country National Scenic Trail, hunting for these beautiful flowers of spring.

Directions to Enlow Fork Natural Area

Sunday, April 29, 2018, All Day!
Enlow Fork Natural Area, Greene County
Time: Nature events all day; 10 a.m. for the wildflower walk; come early for the 8 a.m spring migrant walk
Event Organizer: Larry Helgerman, bobolink1989@gmail.com
Directions: There are many ways to get to the EFNA; if you have never been there use the GPS coordinates 39.961076, -80.462700 with Google maps ahead of time! EFNA is located at the end of Smokey Row Rd. in PA State Game Lands 302. Signs will be posted close to the event location.
In between the main walks there will be tents set up with information on birding, wildflowers, nature, and watersheds. Food will be available for sale. Bring a chair and enjoy the day.

Directions to Friendship Hill National Historic Site

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 10:30 AM
Friendship Hill National Historic Site, Fayette County
Directions: From Pittsburgh, travel I-79 south to the Exit 14-Waynesburg. Turn left onto PA 21 east. Travel PA 21 east for 14.5 miles to PA 166 south toward Masontown. Travel PA 166 south for 17 miles to the entrance for the Friendship Hill National Historic Site on the left (this is shortly after Gallatin schools outside of New Geneva). Turn right and continue to the Gallatin House Parking Lot where we will meet.
GPS coordinates: 39.77130, -79.92380
We will meet the Westmoreland Bird and Nature Club for a walk through Sophie’s Woods, an old-growth woods along the slopes of the Monongahela River.

Directions to Raccoon Creek Wildflower Reserve

Friday, April 27, 2018, 10:00 AM
Raccoon Creek Wildflower Reserve, Beaver County
Leader: Dianne Machesney, DIANNEM15237@aol.com; cell: (412) 523-0368; home: (412) 366-7869
Directions: From Pittsburgh, take the Parkway West – Route 376 west (former Route 60 north) to Exit 52, Clinton (one exit past the Airport). At the end of the ramp, turn left and continue 1.1 miles to US 30. Turn right onto US 30 and drive 4.7 miles to the entrance for the Wildflower Reserve, on the right, just over a hill.
GPS coordinates: 40.50700, -80.36490
The Wildflower Reserve has one of the most diverse populations of plants in the state. Be prepared for wet trails and moderate hiking.

Directions to Brady’s Run State Park

Sunday, April 22, 2016, 1:00 PM
Bradys Run Park, Beaver County
Leaders: Judy Stark 412-363-0462 (home); 412-327-9537 (cell); starkj2@aol.com and Loree Speedy – 724-518-6022 cell; loreespeedy@gmail.com

Directions: Travel I-376 west to Exit 31 for PA 51/Chippewa. Turn right onto PA 51-Constitution Blvd. Continue 2.7 miles to Bradys Run Rd and turn right into the park. Continue about 1 mile and turn left into the road for Bradys Run Lodge (this is below the spillway of the dam). Continue past the lodge to the right to Picnic Pavilion #8, behind the lodge, where we will meet.
We will walk the forested roads behind the lake.
GPS coordinates: 40.73090, -80.35190

Directions to Linn Run State Park

Friday, April 20, 2018, 1:00 PM
Linn Run State Park, Grove Run Trail, Westmoreland County
Directions: From Pittsburgh, take the PA Turnpike east to Exit 91/Donegal. Turn left onto PA 31 and then, after a short distance, left onto PA 711. Continue on PA 711 north for about 9 miles. Turn right onto Darlington Road (this may be unmarked) and travel about 1 mile to its junction with PA 381. Continue straight onto PA 381 for a short distance, and then turn right onto Linn Run Rd. Once you enter Linn Run State Park, continue about 1 ½ miles to the Grove Run Picnic Area on the right, where we will meet.
GPS coordinates: 40.15330, -79.22680
Join Rare Plant Forum attendees for a spring wildflower walk.

Directions to Trillium Trail

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Sunday, April 15, 2018, 1:00 P.M.
Trillium Trail, Fox Chapel Borough
Allegheny County
Leader: Loree Speedy – 724-518-6022 cell; loreespeedy@gmail.com
Directions: Take PA 28 to Exit 8 in Fox Chapel. At the exit, turn left and follow Fox Chapel Rd for 1 mile. After passing Delafield Rd, make a left turn into Squaw Run Rd. Follow Squaw Run Rd for 1.6 mile. Turn left into the parking lot of the Trillium Trail, where we meet.
GPS coordinates: 40.52030, -79.90060
Trillium Trail is a 1 3/4 mile loop on Squaw Run Road in Fox Chapel. The parking lot is very small, so park carefully. There are pull-offs along the highway nearby.

Directions to March 25th Field Trip

Sunday, March 25, 2018, 1:00 PM
Bavington at Hillman State Park Game Lands, Washington County
Leader: Loree Speedy

Directions: From Pittsburgh, travel Parkway West (I-376, formerly I-279) and exit the Parkway at Exit 60 to continue on US 22 for 10 miles to the Bavington exit. Turn right at the end of the ramp, then left onto Steubenville Pike, and travel one mile to make a sharp right hand turn onto Kramer Road at the Kramer Greenhouse/Raccoon Creek Winery. (If you pass this turn, cross the highway bridge and turn around at the Bavington Roadhouse/Inn.)
Continue on Kramer Road 0.8 miles and bear left at its intersection with Raccoon Creek Rd. Continue 1/4 mile to the intersection with Knowlton Hill Rd, where we will meet.
GPS coordinates: 40.43680, -80.36670

Everyone is welcome, including non-members. Trips last 3 to 4 hours but one can leave at any time. For questions, call the field trip leader, Loree Speedy at (724) 872-5232/home; (724) 518-6022/cell or loreespeedy@gmail.com.