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Early Spring at Falls Lake

posted Feb 24, 2017, 5:04 PM by Justin P   [ updated Feb 24, 2017, 5:04 PM ]
Today, we hiked the next section of Falls Lake - section 22 that starts and ends on Red Mill Road.  It was a beautiful day, feeling a lot more like spring than winter. We parked just across the bridge over Ellerbe Creek and got on the trail.  The trail follows Ellerbe Creek to the confluence with Falls Lake.  Just after a power line clearing, there's an old collapsed railroad trestle over the creek.

The trail follows the railroad tracks for a ways.  There's a neat old barn just off the trail with ivy and vines growing up.

It's made out of cinder blocks; I think that's why it's still standing.  Past here, the trail crosses a railroad spur and then runs past some fields.

All around these fields were vernal pools; many were mostly dry as we haven't had a particularly wet winter.  But we did find a few larger ones that had some little frogs in them.  One little toad was floating on a leaf.

Along another section, periwinkle wildflowers were starting to bloom.

It was really starting to feel like spring!  Section 22 ends back at Red Mill Road; we took a short break here and then hiked back.