Snow Bottom certainly packs a punch in terms of natural community diversity in a small area. Though there are 3 parcels to this site, only 2 are accessible as one is landlocked. The western parcel is accessed off of Cedar Rock Road, while the eastern parcel can be reached from a parking area on Bowers Road.
The western parcel contains a forested slope, a portion of Castle Rock Creek, and some agricultural fields, that presumably will be restored to a more natural ecosystem in the future. During my visit to this parcel, I spent most of my time on the hunt for ephemeral wildflowers among the trees on the slope. Trillium, violets, and Jacob’s Ladder were found in this area. I then moved on to the eastern parcel, where a faint path leads along the Blue River. A bit of the way in, rock outcroppings begin to appear on the landscape. I have always found this seemingly inhospitable microenvironments fascinating for the diversity of species that call them home. Here, trees, lichens, and wild columbine were abundant. Both of the times that I have visited this parcel were at the end of long, multi-day trips and so I did not have the time to explore as thoroughly as I would have liked. In particular, the eastern parcel seems to be the most ecologically exciting parcel and I look forward to the opportunity to delve a lot deeper here.
More of my photos (and full-res) from Snow Bottom can be viewed here.
|Natural Communities / Geology
||Pine Relict, Fen, Spring, Southern Dry-Mesic Forest, Oak Woodland, Calcareous Fen|
|Easy to Find||No|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Dates Visited||5.1.10 / 5.29.11|