hike #24

Willseyville Creek south of Ridgeway Road, Caroline

Meet-up:  South side of Ridgeway Road a few hundred feet in from the intersection with Coddington Road.  Click here to see the Google Maps page showing the GPS coordinates of the trail head.  Park along the edge of the road  —  plenty of room

This walk takes us up the center of a broad flood plain created by Willseyville Creek.  It got some major trail improvements recently, and if you haven’t done it in a while, I think you’ll find the changes have made it into an excellent hike.  A revised trail section through a variety of woods was created starting at the meet-up.   This leads us to an abandoned railroad right-of-way that runs through a large swampy area formed by the creek.  It’s a very different environment than we usually walk in.  On one of our earlier hikes here we ran into a giant snapping turtle sitting in the trail  — several hikers said it lunged at them, though I’m sorry to say I missed that action.  After we cross the swamp, we head away from the creek and make our way through the woods to the edge of Shindagin Hollow SF.  Most of the walk is relatively easy, but if you want some exertion you can choose to race up quite a steep climb into the forest, and then turn right back.