We hiked the new Natural Bridge trail, part of which is new as well as the Raven Rock Trail. It winds down by the lake for good winter views. There’s a camping area down by the lake where we sat and had a little snack before continuing on. Across the lake, you can see lots of expensive houses and a golf course but at least some part of the area is preserved for public use.
Once we got back to the parking lot, which by the way was also new and quite large, we hiked over to the campgrounds and hit the trail to the beach. We found a place on the steps towards the lake to sit and had lunch. One of our members decided to take a swim but it was pretty cold in the water even though the air temp was in the mid 60s. They have built a large parking lot here also. Nearby is the one cabin the park has for a rental. I’m told it sleeps 10 and everything is provided but the food. Good deal.
We saw some trout lillies on the side of the trail and stopped to take some picture. Trout lilly flowers turn downward so it is hard to get a good picture of them. I tried several times and made myself dizzy.
After the hike, some of us still wanted to hike and explore a little more as it was early so we stopped off at Long Shoals right down the road and walked by Little Eastatoe Creek. Apparently this is a place where people bring their children to slide on the rock into the pool below. It looks like fun! There’s a short blue blazed hiking trail nearby that loops back to the parking lot.
Our next stop was the Friendship Cemetery. We have driven by the sign so many times I just had to stop and see it. It is off a little dirt road that turns into the woods, not far off Highway 11. At one time there was a church here so that would explain the cemetery. It’s a little forlorn but not terribly so. Most of the graves are older with a few more recent one visible.
Our final stop was Brewsters in Easley. We sat in the sun and ate ice cream. It was a great day!