Georgia

Only confirmed Morel sightings here were in the NE mountains, near Anna Ruby Falls, and Black Road Mountain State Park.

I have personally tried a few areas here, and think it is possible for Morels farther south maybe in High Falls State Park, area looked good, along the river, nice woods, but I had no luck.

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In April, 2001, on t he way to the foray in Knoxville, I stopped again at High Falls State Park North of Macon, GA. and found (2) small yellow morels!

Sightings! Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2001 06:06:13 -0800 (PST). I found a couple of hundred in the flood plain of the Broad River Valley in Elbert County, Georgia on 3/25. They were all blacks. The only place I have ever found morels around here is in a flood plain. I haven't noticed any association with vegetation. I left the small ones to grow a few more days. The forcast is for lows in the 20s tonight. Will this hurt them? Tom R.

sighting. Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 12:47:28 -0400 (EDT) From: Terry C. I'm from the App.Mt's.We call morels "dry land fish".Anyway I'm working in Atlanta Ga.My son,15yrs old, came in excited yesterday(4/14/01).He found a morel growing in the woods behind our suite.I had taught him to hunt them back home.So they are here and we just had some rain.

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March, 2002 I found Morels in Red Top Mountain State Park. I found a few black Morels and several small yellow morels.

Morels Found in Atlanta and N. Georgia / Tn. Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2002 07:48:41 EST. Found four very large greys yesterday 21 March. We have had flooding conditions in a lot of areas this past weekend. They were found in and around sycamore trees, pretty flat farm land. This Wednesday a report came in from Atlanta with pictures of greys being found in very low wetlands. The season is on the brink of starting here. We currently have temps. in the 29 degree range at night. What effect will this have? Regards, Breck Have you ever seen morels that look perfectly normal except the very top is dark and shriveled? They have been frostbitten. That's what happens when the temperature drops below freezing when morels have already sprouted. Otherwise, no harm will occur. The remainder of the organism - the mycellium - is still under ground where the temperature is somewhat warmer.

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OK, Morels are plentiful in Georgia! March 15th, 2003 I found 12 small yellow morels growing in a small strip of woods along a small stream under very large poplar trees. Later, on March 31st, I found 45 more in the same area! These were found about 45 miles South East of Macon, GA.!!! This is by far the farthest southern find documented, excluding Texas and California.

Also, on April 1st, 2003, I got a call from a man who was turkey hunting and said he found what he thought were morels. I met him and we walked to his location about 40 miles North of Macon, GA., and we hit one of the nicest motherloads I have ever seen! Over 150 large 5-8" Morels, over 25 lbs total! You can view the photos of these in the archives of morelfinds page.

Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2003 22:50:03 -0500. Subject: Georgia Morels. Hey, Found 37 Georgia morels under ash and poplar trees with black soil. Check out the pics. Tony B.

Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2003. Subject: GA morels. Tom, just wanted to let you know that I hooked up with Jody, and we went out today and found 22 small yellow morels and 2 black morels just north of Macon, Georgia. Hard to believe that black morels have been found so far into the deep south!

Chris Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003. Subject: Mushrooms mushrooms. We found three tonite in the apple orchard where they were last year. Cold spell and work kept us from looking over the weeend, but will go out tomorrow afternoon. Will let you know what we find. Chris and Judy

From: Jody. Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003. Subject: Georgia. Looks like Clay in Virginia is hitting that spot again. Well, I went out Sunday withe Chris M of Georgia and we gathered 27. 2 blacks and 25 yellows, all growing within a 200 ft. area. I'll be checking again this weekend.

From: Chris M. Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2003 21:39:19 EST. Subject: motherload in GA. Tom, I had to let you know that I discovered a true motherload here in the deep south! Roger R. was turkey hunting and stumbled across what he thought may be Morels. He invited me to come see, I went prepared with video and digital cameras. It was amazing! 158 large yellow Morels 5-8" tall, 25 pounds! Jasper County, GA.-Chris M. All I can say is "WOW!" I would never have expected to see such a picture from Georgia. For those who don't have an Atlas, Jasper County is approximately 100 miles SE of Atlanta,GA and contains part of the Oconee National Forest. I mention this because it is legal to harvest mushrooms in National Forests. Congrats to Roger & Chris.

Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2003 23:15:56 -0500. Subject: Georgia Morels. Found another 50 morels today in Hall county Georgia. Found all in flat lowlands under poplar and ash. I'm very excited about finding morels in Georgia. I have been hunting here for a couple of years with good luck. Will be heading to Ohio in the next two weeks. Great pics from Chris M. Tony B.

Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2003 09:52:41 -0400. Subject: April 5 finds. Hi! I've never had a lot of luck hunting morels in my area of Georgia (Stone Mountain, east of Atlanta) but this year up at my soon-to-be new home in North GA (Jasper/Ellijay area) I found a nice little haul of good sized (and tasty!) blacks on Saturday April 5. My property is on top of a mountain (at around 2000 feet above sea level) and I found them on the north face among a stand of tree fall I think was mostly poplar and elm. The first picture of them is a view from the deck of my house on the mountain. Susan S.

 

Any further reports would be welcome!