Sept 30 -- Most of Smithgall’s trees still hold their lush summer green. Lower branches of Sourwoods show nice color changes ranging from light red to deep scarlet. Sweetgums show changes on lower branches with a colorful mix of red and gold. Now is a wildflower enthusiast’s paradise! There are many deep-purple Ironweeds and brilliant red Cardinal Flower stands out . Jewel Weed is in full bloom. The intense yellow of Goldenrod and Black-Eyed Susans provide a splash of fall color. Tsalaki Trail crosses Dukes Creek on Bay Bridge, a wooden covered bridge where the Joe Pye Weed with subtle blue-purple tops are seen along the creek banks. Going further east on Tsalaki Trail, you’ll come to Martin’s Mine Trail where White Wood Asters and Green-Centered Cone Flowers are in full bloom. Nearing the east end of Tsalaki Trail, numerous Black-Eyed Susans are in full bloom and muscadine grape vines are loaded with yellow-green fruit.