Eastern Hemlock

By William T. Hathaway

Eastern Hemlock

Along the bend of the rivers and streams in Pittsylvania County stately stands of Eastern Hemlocks may be found on the cool, north-facing slopes; this holds true from the southern part of the county to the northern end.

One particular group of Eastern Hemlocks of interest to me is those trees on the Hiawatha Trail (see Pictures from the White Oak Mountain Wildlife Management Area) along the north-facing slopes above the Banister River. Hikers occasionally comment about those little cones found on the ground at the base of a cliff-like terrain.

Several years ago an ice storm devastated part of this particular stand of hemlocks; however, today many of the older fractured trees are being replaced by an undergrowth of younger trees.