It is a shrubby perennial plant with bright yellow flowers. St. John's wort was named because the flowers were said to bloom for the first time around June 24, the birthday of St. John the Baptist. The word "wort" means "plant" in Old English.
St. John’s wort has long been used as a folk remedy for emotional disorders. It was once thought to rid the body of evil spirits. St. John’s wort has also been used for wound healing and for a variety of other conditions. ~ Cathy Wong ~ About.com
As we approached the second campground, we could not help but notice the dreaded orange construction fence blocking our way. For some hikers, this was not a deterrent. However, there is a $275 fine for those who are caught beyond the fence and some hikers decided to go up to the road to pass the fenced area. The scheduled date of completion for the updated campground is December 31, 2013.