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I visited Richland Wilderness on Friday afternoon. I got out and walked a bit on the south end of the Creek. The Witch Hazel is in bloom and very fragrant now. My favorite place after 50 years. It is still wild. with no trails; except a rough trail blazed to Richland Creek from the small camping spot above the bridge on the South side of the creek, below the confluence with the Devil’s Fork. There has been a lot of road construction¬†on the north entrance; I don’t like what they have done; it will take 20 years to regenerate what they destroyed. Saw a bunch of Northern Cardinals at the re-routed entrance also.

The southern entrance remains the same expect a few more houses each year. The south entrance road is badly washboarded for 7 miles. The northern entrance has been re-routed, best I can tell (up near Iceledo Gap). There has been very heavy logging near the north entrance also. All in all, it was a beautiful day with highs about 44F. Left through the south entrance road paralleling Falling Water Creek:

 

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I believe southeastern Newton County and Pope County got a bit more rain (3-4″) the we did here near Parthenon. A Flash Flood Warning was issued for the Richland Creek Campground yesterday afternoon, then more rain came in the evening. I felt that early this morning would be the best time to drive over and check it out. Falling Water Creek was only up about 6 inches at 8 AM; which was a disappointment to me. I expected to see it in flood stage. It was pretty anyway and the azaleas are in bloom at this time:

 

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Woke up to snow flurries in bursts this morning and mix of sun and clouds. Temperature was 28F at dawn.

I went to Richland Creek on February 14th and found a patch of Trout Lilys (Dog-tooth Violets) in a sunny area by Falling Water Creek on the entrance to Richland Creek from the south. I had forgotten the rugged beauty of the Richland Creek area and loved the see the mountains close in on the Creeks  on both sides. The water of the Richland Creek was extremely blue, partly due to the high blue sky and partly due to the suspended minerals in the water.

I saw about 30 deer in 4-5 groups and a coyote on the old landslide area (a landslide a few years back, so large, that it closed the south entrance of Richland Creek Wilderness for 2 years) until it could be moved and the road re-graded. There was not one other tire track within the Wilderness Area. I was completely alone with only the aroma of Witch Hazel in the air.

 

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