Sunday, January 28, 2018
Military Road Trail
The Military Road Trail Loop at Village Creek State Park in Arkansas is a continuation of the Lake Austell Trail but can also be reached by way of a separate trailhead at the boat dock pictured above.
I took the upper loop, and The Younger Son took the lower loop.
There were interpretive signs at the beginning of the upper section.
This is part of the Trail of Tears. A tragedy in our nation's history, the Trail of Tears resulted from Andrew Jackson's policies. I'm ashamed that Jackson was a Tennessean, and I'm horrified that our current president has chosen to lift him up with honor.
This trail follows some of the actual route.
Remember the "popular" swinging bridge that was supposed to be on the other trail but which we could never find? Well, at the juncture of upper and lower loop The Younger Son and I met up and saw this sign:
So, instead of me continuing back along the lower loop and The Younger Son going back along the route I had just come along, we joined forces in search of the fabled bridge.
And there it was:
I have to tell you I have never been as disappointed in a trail feature -ever- as I was in this "popular swinging bridge". Bummer.
The trail itself was a good experience. I think I'd quit hyping that bridge if I were them.