April 5th, 2018, 10:00am
Directions: East on 98 then 96 toward Zebulon. Right on Mitchell Mill right after the Mitchell Mill Store. Crossroads with Pulley Town Rd has a small parking area.
The Mitchell Mill State Natural Area is a unique and fragile ecosystem that combines many acres of granitic flat rock with an aquatic community formed by an aging mill pond, the Little River, and Cedar Creek. It is home to four rare and state-protected plants and a special concern salamander-the Neuse River Waterdog. Our naturalist walk will take us through each of the various areas within Mitchell Mill. We will see flowering Fringe Trees and flowering shrubs like native azaleas and blueberries. The exposed granite rock surfaces contain rare lichens, and the flat rock margins have huge numbers of colorful mosses and lichens. Depressions pools in the rock surface harbor salamander larvae and the tadpoles of frogs and toads. Also blooming will be early saxifrage, bluets, sandworts, and other native wildflowers. The walk will last about 2 hours and cover roughly a mile and ½