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DAY IN SALTVILLE: A Walk in the Well Fields

August 1 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

| Free


August 1
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Event Category:


Food Country
402 Palmer Ave
Saltville, VA 24370 United States
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Event Date:
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 – 9:00am to 10:30am

The salt of Saltville has been important to mastodons, Native Americans, and the military from the War of 1812 to today. Its well field wetlands have plants and birds which flourish in saline waters.

Join Master Naturalist and plant enthusiast Carrie Sparks and Saltville historian Harry Haynes 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 and over 50 bird species. Due to the 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 saltwater plant species.

The walk follows the 0.6 mile 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. Harry Haynes will provide geologic, industrial, and historical information about the area. The HWB Interpretative Trail connects with the Salt Trail which goes from Saltville to Glade Spring. 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 at the edge of the pond behind the Food Country parking lot on Palmer Avenue.

Other Day in Saltville Activities:

Discovering Ice Age Animals of the Saltville Valley
Saltville Salt: Two Centuries of U.S. Military Importance
Tour of Saltville
Hardy Roberts Memorial Wave Pool
Stoney Point Railroad
Big Tumbling Creek
Salt Trail
Museum of Middle Appalachians