Young Professionals... Let's take a walk
Join the Young Professionals of Rome and Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful for the 6th Annual Robert Weed Memorial Walk.
There will a short program featuring Owen Kinney, Science Chair at Darlington Upper School, and then there we will be a 30 minute walk through the Marshall Forest.
Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
About Marshall Forest: Marshall Forest is located in Floyd County, in Georgia, 5mi outside the Rome city limits. It is one of the few remaining old-growth forests in Northwest Georgia. Marshall Forest is referred to as the only virgin forest within city limits of any city in the USA. The forest is. Trees in Marshall Forest range from 600- in elevation. More than 300 species of plants, and fifty-five tree species live within the forest, together with numerous animals indigenous to the area.HistoryOnce a part of the Cherokee Nation, the were bought by the Marshall family in 1880. The land was passed down the Marshall family until it reached Maclean Marshall, naturalist and philanthropist, who had the land dedicated as a Natural National Landmark on October 12, 1966. Marshall Forest was the first Natural National Landmark in the state of Georgia. In 1976, of forest and of fields were given to The Nature Conservancy. In 1985, were added to the forest on the Mt. Alto side. These parts were not part of the original purchase by the Marshall family. Now only seventy-five to one hundred acres of the original forest remain uncut.Forest lifeMarshall Forest supports more than three hundred species of plants. Among them is the endangered Large-flowered Skullcap. The forest houses the largest population of these flowers in the state of Georgia and the second largest population in the United States. Several kinds of mushrooms also grow in the forest. The forest contains fifty-five trees species, such as pine-oak, chestnut oak, and mixed hardwoods.