1. Rock City - This area of interesting rock formations is not far from the trailhead and is probably the highlight of the hike for most visitors. The trail follows a thin crevice between sheer, intricately textured, rock outcroppings.
2. Great views - From different parts of the trail, you can see way off to the west and east. In a couple places the trail follows a ridge, offering views simultaneously in both directions.
3. Dwarf Oaks - The somewhat open area where trails split off in all directions is quite rocky and has very little soil. These conditions have fostered dwarf oaks similar to those found on Black Fork Mountain near Queen Wilhelmena State Park. To be clear, these aren't naturally shorter Blackjack Oaks, they are oak varieties that are typically much taller and less stocky. Hey, it's interesting to me.
4. Fossils - I hesitated to add this one and may remove it if I see or hear of problems. Let me first say I've been informed by a professional paleontologist that none of the fossils I've seen so far are rare or valuable. In other words, look at them and leave them for everyone else to look at. They will still be there next time you go!
5. Solitude - Obviously it'd be great it more people found out about Mt. Kessler, registered, and starting visiting this incredible place located so close to the heart of Fayetteville; but I've never seen many people on my visits.
|Fossils - Crinoids, Clams, and something else|