NORTH CAROLINA – HOLMES EDUCATIONAL STATE FOREST
March & April 2017
Photo Experience: I made a short stop at Holmes in 2016 with fellow photographer Bill Robertson. Based on that brief experience, I was determined to further explore this location. In 2017, I made a couple of trips there in late March and the first-half of April and found a plethora of spring wildflowers. Bloodroot, Trout Lily, Spring Beauty, and Wild Geranium all bloom along The Talking Tree Trail, which is an easy half-mile walk. Close by the amphitheater, just off the Soil and Water Conservation Trail, I found Oconee Bells, Sweet White Trillium, and Jack-in-the-Pulpit. I highly recommend close-up lenses (or their equivalent) for this area. I found the trails to be less-crowded first thing in the morning.
Other Info: Holmes is located about 10 miles southwest of Hendersonville, North Carolina, on Crab Creek Road. There is no charge for visiting this area. Restrooms are a short distance to the left just after you start up the main trail from the parking lot. There is no place to purchase food or drink here, but there are lots of picnic tables. Closest accommodations and restaurants are in Brevard, North Carolina.