Sunday, June 26, 2016
Lake Barkley State Park, Blue Spring Trail
This trail, like the other one I walked, began in the lodge area but went in the opposite direction. You follow the signs to the Fitness Center/Tennis Courts/Indoor Pool:
and cross that road above to get to the beginning of the trail:
There were several interpretive signs:
It was in this area that I saw the deer:
There's a sweet resting spot, but I didn't stop:
Just a bit past the swing, I saw a turkey family. I must've startled them, because she made her alarm gobble and a couple of babies headed up into the trees. I did stop then, because how can you resist watching a family of turkeys?
The second trail head is here:
I saw another family of animals in the brush, and I showed this photo to the park staff who identified it as a groundhog. They said there are a lot of them around there:
The park literature directs you not to walk the trails alone, which is sad. If I had taken their advice I'd have missed the trails entirely, since The Younger Son likes trails but not in the heat and The Husband has health issues which make trail walking impossible. These are short, easy walks; my cell phone was working fine; and my family knew where I was. It didn't seem like a risky choice at all to do this.