|New Construction of high-buck mountaintop homes puts the BMT in several front yards. Trail follows the wood chips.|
Let's make this quick and simple. Today's hike included two lakeside walks, two non-historic covered bridges, a boardwalk, a standing stone, a real hiker shelter, a quaint little chapel in the woods beside one of the lakes, and a trailside picnic table where the trail follows a stream with several small waterfalls.
It was a wonderful stroll. And it was all on private land and on public roads. I got lost once on top of a mountain among a confusion of twisting roads and new construction, but the trail was there -- I found the one piece I missed on the return leg. I hiked from US 76 generally west over a couple of ridges and through residential and rental-cottage neighborhoods that felt crowded despite the deep shady woods. But there were also some secluded stream-side walks too. Then the day ended with a 2.5 mile road walk up to Bushy Head Gap.
The shelter was within sight of a house perched on a hill, but it was clearly a labor of love -
And it came complete with a register book. So I left a note.
Okay, so here is a photo-tour of the rest of the highlights I mentioned:
|Little covered bridge with its own separate walkway for the trail.|
|The lake near Indian Rock|
|Boardwalk with steps down to a second lake|
|The second lake|
|Little chapel right on the second lake|
|The chapel wasn't locked|
|The road walk|
Lastly, here's the map of the day's trek, as recorded on my trusty GPS:
BMT - US 76 to Bushy Head Gap at EveryTrail
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