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National Take a Hike Day

posted Nov 17, 2018, 1:22 PM by Justin P   [ updated Nov 17, 2018, 2:22 PM ]
Saturday was National Take a Hike Day so we took Alex to Umstead State Park for a Hike.  It was a little chilly but had dried out after a very wet week and it was very pleasant hiking weather.  Hiking on Sycamore Trail, we descended to Pott's Branch, which had a lot more water than usual.


Most of the leaves were down, but the creek was really pretty on an autumn morning.  Where the trail split, we went straight and switchbacked down to Sycamore Creek.  A short detour led to the dam below Sycamore Lake.


In the high water, there was a nice waterfall flowing down.  We took a little break here so Alex could enjoy the views.


Back on the trail, we continued following Sycamore Creek downstream then back up the ridge.  At the Graylyn Trail crossing, we made a quick stop to see the chainsaw art.


The loop ended just past here and we finished the trail back to the car.