Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Cumberland Mountain State Park
We met Dad and Mom at the Cumberland Mountain State Park in Crossville. They brought their motor home over and we parked in the campground for an overnighter. After a good visit we headed over to the boat house to rent some kayaks. When we got there the boat house was closed so we went to the visitor center and found that the pool and boats were closed due to manpower during the week and where only open on the weekends. So we headed to the trails.
We walked the Pioneer short and long loops for a five mile hike around Byrd Lake and creek. We saw lots of varieties and colors of mushrooms and wildflowers. We saw fish, lots of frogs, and one snake. It was warm and quite muggy so we didn't mind when we got a light rain towards the end of the loop. We headed back to the campground and grilled out some steaks. It was a nice evening to sit around the campsite visiting.
The next morning, after breakfast, we hiked the 2.1 mile Byrd Creek trail and .5 miles of the Cumberland Plateau nature trail. Again more flowers and mushrooms with a treat of ripe persimmons. All the trails were in great condition with lots to see. We stopped by the park store for an ice cream and after a grilled out lunch we packed up and headed home.