The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will lead a trip Sept. 13 to Timber Ridge, located on the Warren Estate Conservation Easement. The more than 100-acre easement is home to Pollyâ€™s Branch, part of the headwaters of the Chattooga River, a National Wild and Scenic River. Numerous rare and endangered plant species have been identified on the property; it also serves as habitat for many animals, birds and fish.
The estate traces its history back to the 1820s when one of the early pioneers to the region settled in Whiteside Cove. In the 1930s, James Warren, from Atlanta, bought the property and built a cabin there. After some time left abandoned, the grandson of Warren took over the property, restored it and the family decided to place nearly half of it in a conservation trust.
The tour costs $35 and includes lunch and a membership to the land trust. Reservations are requested.