Gorges State Park - Chestnut Mountain Road & the Cow Trail, Transylvania County (4-19-14) - dwhike
Cow Trail

Gorges State Park - Chestnut Mountain Road & the Cow Trail (4-19-14)

Every so often being an employee at Gorges State Park pays off in a big way. Today was one of those days. Although I had been working at the park for nearly a year I had yet to set foot on the Foothills Trail which crosses the remote southern reaches of the park. By foot, the way most people have to access it, it takes a minimum 5-mile walk to reach it and the spot I'd be visiting this day would take closer to 8-miles! Fortunately for me some work needed to be done along the remote, so-called Cow Trail which links the Auger Hole Trail at Turkeypen Gap to the Foothills Trail a couple miles south. This allowed me to drive within a mile or so of the Foothills Trail and, on my lunch break, make the quick walk down for a look around. The day was grey but I wasn't complaining, it was a rare opportunity to visit a less-frequented part of the park with minimal effort. Come on along for a look at a corner of Gorges State Park that few people have the opportunity to see...