Pilot Mountain Educational Hike

May 14, 2005

Carolinas Chapter members and friends enjoyed the beauty of Pilot Mountain State Park while learning the differences among chestnut species and identifying trees in the park. American chestnut and Alleghany chinquapin, the American chestnut’s little cousin, grow in the park and can be found on the Jomeokee Trail that circles the base of the pinnacle of Pilot Mountain. Chestnut oak, sometimes confused for American chestnut from a distance, grows abundantly at the park also. ¬†Alleghany chinquapin have smaller leaves when compared to an American chestnut, and the underside of the leaf of the chinquapin is whitish in appearance due to its many leaf hairs. The American chestnut has a pale green color on the underside of the leaf.