Saturday, November 14, 2020
Located in the north Georgia in the southern portion of the appalachian mountains Vogel State Park is in the shadow of Blood mountain, the second highest mountain in Georgia. The area is forested with many places to explore nearby. The camp grounds are nestled in an old growth forest with clean restrooms and lots of campsites. Lake Trahlyta is adjacent to the visitors center with cabins near the lake for those who are not campers. The lake is popular for anglers who fish the lake shores for large mouth bass and trout.
My brother Danny at our campsite in Vogel State Park
Lake Trahlyta has a one mile hiking trail that encircles the lake.
Not far from Vogel State Park is Neel's Gap. The Appalachian Trail begins here with facilities for hikers to begin or end there journey through the mountains. Great views of the surrounding mountains and valleys are big attraction here. There is a gift store and picnic tables that are great for visitors who choose to stop for lunch and enjoy the fresh mountain air.
Neel Gap on the Appalachian Trail
View of the late autumn foliage from Neel's Gap
My Brother Danny and I at Neel Gap
Hikers shoes hanging from a tree at the southern end of the
Appalachian Trail, What a story they could tell.
Just north of Vogel State Park is the the Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center dedicated to the renowned Appalachian poet and novelist. The grounds are a great tribute to this very talented poet who gained inspiration from the nature that surrounded his family farm nestled in the mountains of northern Georgia. My brother and I enjoyed walking the grounds filled with historic buildings and common grounds that reflect the beauty that surrounds this special place. It is definitely a place to check out it you are traveling through this scenic section of northern Georgia.
The farm buildings that have been restored to there original state
The mountain stream that flows through the grounds
A goat and a donkey kept a watch fall eye out for food and a pet on the forehead
The old barn silhouetted against the back drop of the changing autumn leaves
An inspirational poem by Bryon Herbert Reece
If you are in this area you will find that it is worth you while to take time to explore Vogel State Park and surrounding area. You will find a good deal of nature and beauty here that is well worth you time to seek to enjoy.
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Tallulah Gorge State Park is located in north Georgia in the foothills of the appalachian mountains. The Gorge is breath taking with it's series of falls and steep cliffs that provide for great views as you hike along the many rim trails that surround this area. There is a suspension bridge at the bottom of the gorge that visitors can hike down to for a great view from within the gorge. The campgrounds here are very nice with electric and water. The fall colors here are spectacular in late October with crisp cool days and lovely nights for campfires. The restrooms are clean and well kept. The staff here is friendly and helpful to the campers.
Our campsite at Tallulah Gorge State Park
The fall colors are spectacular in late October
The Interpretative Center is where some the trails to the Gorge begin
Suspension bridge at the bottom of the gorge
Tallulah River Gorge
There are many great views from the rim trails
As a resident of the state of Florida I have found that Georgia State Parks are well maintained and staffed with good people who care for their visitors.
My brother and I enjoyed our late October visit to Tallulah Gorge State Park. I am happy to be in Georgia to celebrate his 72nd birthday on October 29th.
Located in NE Georgia this beautiful park is located on a reservoir that is part of the Tugaloo river that seperates the eastern border of Georgia with South Carolina. The park is spacious with many sites located near the water with great views. My brother and I arrived in the fall season of late October. I picked him up at his home near Athens, GA to take him on a camping trip to celebrate his 72nd birthday. The park is very peaceful with many activities from kayaking, canoeing, fishing and hiking. The park is quite popular as a family destination for campers who come from the surrounding states to enjoy nature and the water sports that make this park special.
Paddelers enjoying a lovely afternoon on Lake Tugaloo
Boating is quite popular on Lake Tugaloo
Floating boat dock popular with fishing enthusiasts
The park has a yurt village and rental cabins for those who are not campers. The camp store has camping supplies, ice and fire wood for the cool fall nights. During the fall season campers decorate their sites to enjoy the holidays. We visited Tugaloo about a week before Halloween. Many of the sites spared no expense in setting up their sites with decorations that the children loved not to mention the adults to.
Halloween Decorations at some of the sites in the park
Our campsite was very nice. We stayed for four nights and had a a full set up just across from the nicely kept restrooms. We had nice views of the lake with a old growth forest surrounding us.
Tugaloo State Park in northeast GA is a great park to relax and enjoy a campfire while taking in the great outdoors.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Anastasia State Park is just east of historic St. Augustine, FL The Park is a beautiful place with great campsites, pristine beaches, and amazing landscapes all nestled in old growth forests native to the area.
|Our campsite in the Coquina Loop near the beach|
The campsites at Anastasia are nestled in the parks sand dune landscape populated by plants and old growth trees that are native to the area. There are paved roads with sites that have great spacing providing a bit of privacy that campers love. The restrooms are clean and the facilities are well maintained. The staff is very friendly and the wonderful volunteers here are helpful attending to the park visitors needs.
|The Island Beach Camp Store and Cafe|
The Island Beach Camp Store and Cafe is a great place to shop or enjoy lunch while visiting the beach. The staff is friendly and the food is good. There is an outside pavalon adjacent to the Cafe with tables and a soothing breeze from the nearby Atlantic Ocean.
|The walkway out to the Beach at Anastasia State Park|
|View of the beach from one of the two observation points in the park|
|So easy on the feet, like a highway to the beach|
|Sea Oats are some of the natural plants that create a landscape that is amazing|
|A little lagoon left over from the high tide|
|The waves break against the shore line at Anastasia beach|
The beach at Anastasia State Park is a wonderful place to relax and spend some quality time enjoying the unspoiled landscapes of the park. The dune line stands out like a sentinel protecting the natural lands nearby. The facilities are well built and nicely designed to create an atmosphere that is perfect for beach goers. It is a great place to enjoy the sounds of the surf.
|The St. Augustine Lighthouse|
|The Ancient Dunes Trail at Anastasia State Park|
The historic St. Augustine lighthouse can be seen from the observation boardwalks at the park. The history here is amazing with lots of places to visit that beckon back to a day long ago. The Ancient Dunes Trail is a nicely shaded trail that meanders through the old dunes and old growth forests that are native to this area.
|Anastasia Watersports Rental Store|
|Canoe & Kayak launch at Anastasia State Park|
|Gopher Tortoise on the move near the kayak launch area|
|St. Augustine Amphitheater|
|Spacious and comfortable seating|
|The Old Spanish Coquina Quarries|
|The viewing area of the Quarries|
|The Quarries are barely visible due to the erosion over the years|
|Chief Tomoka at Tomoka Sate Park, Ormond Beach, FL|
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