Sawdust Hole to Blacksmith Bayou
6.9 miles: 160 miles total
Mid-August brings a second explosion of wildflowers along the trail. My hike began at the Sawdust Hole National Forest Campground and quickly descended to the large open meadow along the Manistee river that gives it that name. The meadow was once home to a handful of saw mills but has now returned to a bejewelled wildflower paradise.
Thin Leaved Coneflower Wild Bergamot Blue Vervain Carolina Horsenettle Virgin’s Bower Bouncing Bet Queen Anne’s Lace Spotted Knapweed Bull Thistle Everlasting Pea