Event Date: Sunday, August 9, 2015 – 2:00pm
Event Venue: Helen Barbrow Trail
Join Master Naturalist and plant enthusiast Carrie Sparks and Harry Haynes, a Saltville historian, for a walk through Saltville’s unique wetlands. The Well Fields, which is the site of extraction wells of the salt industry, is host to a large variety of native and introduced plants. Due to seepage of salt from the old wells, the shallow ponds, which are fed by fresh water from the Palmer Spring, are saline enough in some locations to support salt-water plant species. The walk follows the 0.6 mile long Helen Williams Barbrow Interpretative Trail along the north shore of the ponds. The walk passes by paleontological research sites, salt well locations of the past, and interpretative markers. Haynes will provide geologic, industrial, and historical information about the area. The HWB Interpretative Trail connects with the Salt Trail going to Glade Spring or back into downtown Saltville. The paved Interpretative Trail is level and fully accessible by wheel chairs. Comfortable walking shoes, water bottle, camera, and bug spray are suggested. Participants will meet at the trailhead on Lake Drive.