The beginning of this trail shares the way with several other trails, so expect lots of people at the beginning. As the other trails peel off, this one becomes more serene. Second growth pine lines both sides and provides shade and that amazing sound as wind blows through the pine.
The trail turns left after two miles and opens up somewhat. It was pretty warm in this section in mid January so I can imagine the heat would be unbearable here in the warmer months. Several forest access roads depart or cross the trail but the trail is easy to follow, just follow the blue blaze signs. Also back in this part of the park are numerous trail distance signs to gauge your location. At the next intersection, the Yellow Trail
big loop joins for a short section. I also want to note that at each major intersection is a kiosk with a map that shows your location and has a covered place to sit and rest.
After a short distance the Yellow Trail
departs to the left (to rejoin us later in the hike). At the next intersection, the Red Trail
departs to the right. Here there was a sign indicating that the Red Trail
was under water. This was the first indication you would have of this condition and you'd be several miles into your hike at this point. The Blue Trail, however, was unaffected.
At the next intersection (there's a kiosk here too) we turn left and begin the 2.3-mile trip back. The remainder of the trail is fairly straight with areas of shade and open areas, too.
All told, it's a very pleasant if somewhat easy 6.6 miles that you can burn up pretty fast. Enjoy!
Shared By: Terry Reece