06/19/11 - Raven Rock State Park
Happy Father's Day!
A collage of shots of Madi and her mom, Christine, at Raven Rock State Park. Upper left is the start of the trail and lower right is the end of the trail. Lots of fun and thankfully cool water along the way. 6 miles!
Christine, Madi, and I made the trek over to Raven Rock State Park in Lillington yesterday. We did not go to 'the rock'. Instead, we took the Campbell Creek Loop trail over to Lanier Falls. It's about a 6 mile hike with the falls being at the halfway point. We left early, so the hike to the falls wasn't too bad. There's nice mix of flat, uphill, and downhill on the path. We saw mushrooms, ferns, and lots of neat-shaped trees in the woods. Coming up to the falls was a refreshing site. The water is down this time of year, so we were able to cross over to the big rocks out in the middle of the Cape Fear River and walk around and get our feet wet. We got to see about 10 canoes come up to the rocks and figure out how to pass over. One canoe tried to pass at the wrong spot IMO and tipped. Some of the other boaters came over to help. Of course I took my fair share of pics including a bunch of damselflies. We ate our snack and started back on the loop trail continuing in the direction we had been headed (we did not double back on the loop). The last 1/2 mile is all up hill, and at that point, we were tired and it was in the mid 90s. Ugh. Well worth the walk, though, to go to that great water spot in warm weather. We hope to canoe it ourselves soon or at least have bathing suits and life vests so we can venture in the water a bit more. AC and drinks were a welcome treat once we were back in the car.
I featured a new gallery of all the shots taken at Raven Rock yesterday here:
A pano of Lanier Falls is here: