We stopped in and spoke to the ranger to pick up a map and get some trail advice. There is a 12-mile Palmetto Trail passage at Croft State Park, but Tuesday we decided to shoot for a meandering 6 mile journey. We both think we'll have to work up to a 12 mile of anything--let alone the big hills! Ranger suggested Rocky Ridge Trail for us. (We should have gone back to this dude and told him to LOOK CLOSELY AT US! DO WE LOOK LIKE WE COULD WALK ROCKY RIDGE EASILY????) It was seriously hilly and strenuous. We loved it. But came home with cramped calves!
Ranger recommended we use the website hikecroft.com. This site would have been helpful if my phone actually would have loaded the site. No luck. It IS a good website, now that I can look at it from the comfort of my Lazy Boy chair.
We took the Fosters Mill Trail, Rocky Ridge Trail, and Whiterock Spring Trail before heading back to the main parking area. 6.75 miles. About 5 hours.
With all the looking up into the trees, we might have missed our long, black friend. I walked passed him, but Fran heard his "rattle". That bad boy was shaking his little butt all over the place to mimic a rattle snake. His head was up, and he was glaring at us, daring us to come closer. He was not happy.
Remnants of a dam or bridge. They must have used a pulley system here because those rocks would be too big to lift by hand, even for strong men.
Ready for a Survival of the Fittest genetics lesson: white moth, black moth.
I love fiddleheads! They are so cute!
We don't think we ever saw the foundation of a 4-story hotel. We saw a rocky foundation of what looked like a 20 ft. by 15 ft. spot next to the well, but surely THAT wasn't where the hotel was? Overall, it was pretty anticlimactic considering all the huffing and puffing it took to get to that spot. I guess we can just claim bragging rights. We did it.
SIDE NOTE: The website says you can take a drink from the spring. Dr. Fran says, "NO." She said all the springs in SC have giardia, a flagellated parasite, which will cause seriously painful and stinky gastroenteritis.
I enjoyed seeing the variety of fungi in the woods, too. Cool.
Fran and I will definitely be going back to Croft State Park ($2./person entry fee, btw) and are excited about finding this place (it is about 5 miles outside of Spartanburg). We may find ourselves camping there, too!
For those of you who know my husband Jim, you probably know that he is not fond of ethnic foods. I have to get my variety when I'm NOT at home in West Columbia with him. So for supper Tuesday night, Fran and I ordered MEXICAN from some real Mexicans at El Burrito. :) I love my sister-in-law!