Thursday, July 27, 2017
Tims Ford State Park Lost Creek Overlook Trail
The park staff claim this trail is well-marked, but I found several people also trying to navigate it who agreed with me that that's not an accurate representation. It's marked, but never where paths diverge; so you end up at forks with several choices as to which way to go and nary a marker in sight. Getting dangerously lost isn't likely, but losing the trail is.
The trail begins at the Visitor Center here and is 1.3 miles to the overlook:
The story about the car is that back in the day when this land was private property and the car was almost new some kids were playing in the car and knocked it out of gear. The car rolled down the hill, hitting the tree, and the owners weren't able to recover it:
There are several bridges:
Very little of this trail is close enough for good views of the water, but the woodland is pretty:
and there are some water views:
I saw deer:
You wouldn't call the deer tame, but there weren't particularly skittish and would stick around if I stopped walking or if we stopped the car to watch them. We saw a couple of fawns, one with a doe and one by itself. I'm sure the mother was keeping an eye on it.
The trail was blocked by a couple of downed trees at one point, but climbing over wasn't hard:
Reaching the overlook:
there are a couple of other trails that branch off, but we went back to the Visitor Center and sat in rockers for a bit