While a camping trip would have been wonderful, and I guarantee one is being planned for later in the month, we really couldn't swing one this weekend. So instead we opted for a nice hike at Cumberland Mountain State Park.
As always, the night before we were
This hike was only 2.7 miles and had a total elevation gain/loss of approximately 60ft. For the beginner to intermediate hiker, this is just enough to get the heart rate up and the terrain is good to "cut your teeth on". It was a mix of soft sand and pine needles in some spots and real rooty, and/or rocky in others.
The park itself is really pretty, offering plenty amenities for those that don't hike or need something extra. The history of the park is rather interesting much like the origin of the man-made dam. Unfortunately the lake was down causing Byrd Creek to seem rather unmoving and a bit stagnant. Aside from this, there was plenty of flora and fauna to admire along with birds, trees, and other cool trail features like the Boy Scout bridge just before the nature trail portion of the hike.
So that's all we've got on this adventure. Stay tuned for our next edition. As the weather turns cooler there will be more adventures to go on. Until then, enjoy the pictures.
P.S. - For a more in-depth trail description check out cloudhiking.com's entry. Keep in mind we did the hike in the reverse direction and did not do the Overnight trail portion.
|The Bird's on Byrd Creek Trail|
WTF? The Little Dipper? O_o
|Zombies!!! Everyone, run for your lives!!!|
|Your's Truly: Some call me Tim|
|Wifey, Kiddo, and Sidekick at Boy Scout Bridge|
|Byrd Lake Dam|
|Trail Head Signpost|
|Dam Kiddo (LOL)|
Some type of Agaric Mushroom. There's too many to know which one.
If you happen to know please leave a comment.
|Looking up through the canopy|