Let’s just say it’s too hot to hike Georgia in August. Yet, I’ll never finish my 52 hike challenge if I don’t. I was able to get in two trails today, the first 5 miles of the 23 mile Pine Mountain Trail plus the roughly 2 mile Beaver Pond Trail. Together, the two trails form the 7 mile Wolfden Trail. I plan to continue my progress down the Pine Mountain Trail until I’ve completed it all.
I was very impressed with the condition of the trail. The Pine Mountain Trail Association should be very proud of their work. The trails were clear and well marked. There were also very nice bridges and boardwalks in all the wet areas. I don’t believe I’ve seen a trail better cared for during my journey.
The first 5 miles works its way down to a nice creek with several waterfalls along the way. Ferns were the main foliage in this moist area. After a long hike down the stream, the long, relentless hike back to the top begins. I confess that I still struggle on the hills especially in this heat. The trail had decent traffic today as I passed several groups. I took a minute to broadcast my first “Facebook Live” about 3/4 of the way to the top. I’m sure I was a hot mess, but it gave me a minute to rest.
I really wanted a swim at this waterfall. The cool, clear pool looked great in today’s heat.
I also took time today for a history lesson. My daughter, Megan, recently read a book about slavery. One point in the book was that escaped slaves followed the moss on the trees to head North. I couldn’t help but text her this picture proving it was doable.
The last two miles, The Beaver Pond Trail, although less scenic (and less cared for) offered the only mountain views on this trail. It was also required to make the loop back to the parking area. Pine Mountain, arguably, has the best views your likely to find this far South. Another interesting part of this trail was that it passed through a tornado damaged area.