Fall is my favorite time to be in the woods. Today, with overcast skies and a slight misty rain, we decided to hike a section of the Buckeye Trail at one of our favorite parks, East Fork. My plan was to hike a short portion of the BT, find a spot near the lake to eat lunch, then hike the Worldwalker perimeter trail back to our car. Luckily the rain cooperated, and the full, short loop was completed.
The best part about this time or year, and also this section of the trail, is that usually you will be the only ones using it. Not a soul on the trail. Just a bunch of fallen leaves, the sign of the season.
The BT section was a delight, but unfortunately the Worldwalker trail was destroyed. It appears that some trail clearing has happened recently with a bulldozer making the trail wider than usual. That, with an added dose of trail usage by non-native hoof stock has made the trail completely destroyed in some sections. After the great BT parts, it was depressing to see how destroyed the Worldwalker trail was in comparison. I'm not sure why horses are even in this part of the park since they have an entire trail network on the other side of the lake.
This time of year calls for hikes. Cooler temperatures, crisp air, and great trails at East Fork make it easy to enjoy the great outdoors. Just be sure to watch out for road apples on certain sections of trail.
Adventure is Everywhere. Go Find It.