Ramp Cove    Jess Riddle
   Apr 10, 2005 19:42 PDT 

Ramp Cove does not have an uncut stand of hemlocks, but I would say the
drainage still easily ranks as one of the five most impressive coves in
north Georgia. Ramp Cove and the surrounding Kelly Ridge roadless area,
which are not part of near by Tray Mountain Wilderness and not even
designated as wilderness study by the Forest Service, are well worth
multiple visits. One common route through the area consists of following
an old road bed up Ramp Cove then coming back down the adjacent Stroud
Creek drainage. The primary reason most people visit Ramp Cove is to see
the stand of yellow buckeyes at the top of the cove. When the cove was
logged, buckeyes were not removed and they took advantage of the gaps left
by their neighbors. Consequently, the top of the cove has by far the
greatest concentration of mature buckeyes of any site in north Georgia.
The buckeyes commonly exceed 3' dbh, and one reaches 144.0' tall, the
second greatest height known for a yellow buckeye. The cove also harbors
a 159.0' tuliptree, the tallest known in the state, as well as black oak,
bitternut hickory, white basswood, and black birch that approach state
height records.

Georgia Forestwatch,  http://www.gafw.org  is sponsoring a hike
through the area on April 23rd. If you have any other questions about
Ramp Cove or interesting features of the surrounding forest, just let me

Jess Riddle

James Smith wrote (9 Apr 2005):

I was thinking of visiting Tray Mountain Wilderness again this year, if
I can. I was told that there may be an old-growth grove of hemlocks
along a faint trail at a place called Ramp Cove.

Are you guys familiar with it? If so, would it be worth a hike in to see