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Above are some photos of a fall hike I took along the Hemlock Trail in Coopers Rock State Forest, West Virginia this morning. The trail parallels Little Laurel Run, which was running at full flow from recent rains.  Some of the trees growing in the virgin hemlock forest along Little Laurel Run are over three hundred years old.  Smaller treasures grow in the shadow of these sprawling hemlock giants: eastern teaberry (gaultheria procumbens) and partridge berry (mitchella repens).