In search of the rare and beautiful

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT) will host a hike on June 22 led by Jack Johnston to see the rare Mountain Camellia (Stewartia ovata) in bloom. 

Join members of LTLT on the annual quest to find the rare mountain camellia which is known to exist in only a few mountain locations. This member of the tea family produces one of the most spectacular blooms in the region. 

Hikers should meet at LTLT’s Queen Branch property on N.C. 28 (11 miles north of Franklin) at 9 a.m. to carpool to various bloom locations. Participants will want to wear appropriate clothing for hiking although the hikes will not be strenuous; bring snacks, water, and a camera. Space is limited to protect this rare beauty so RSVP to reserve your spot.

828.524.2711, ext. 304, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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