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Strouds Run Vista Point Trail

Vista Point

I snuck away last Friday to try out a hike at Strouds Run State Park, which is located a whopping twelve minutes away from our new homestead.

Strouds Run Vista Point Trail

The map I'd downloaded off the internet didn't give me a very good idea of distances, so I lucked into a bite-size loop --- Thunderbunny Trail to Vista Point Trail to White Pine Trail back to Thunderbunny Trail. I'm guessing the walk was about 1.5 to 2 miles, with one short but steepish uphill and the rest a gentle stroll through towering white pines, an oak ridge, and a hillside coated in sugar maples.

Agaric mushroom

Regenerating white pineThe Thunderbunny portion of the walk suffered a bit from proximity to the road. But I enjoyed the location anyway when I found a big patch of yellow-capped mushrooms and a grove of regenerating white pines to catch my interest.

Indian Mound

Later, there was a lovely vista of Dow Lake (shown at the top of this post) and a fascinating if rather inconspicous Indian Mound.

White Pine Trail

Mostly, though, I just enjoyed the trees.

Autumn woods

One trail explored. At least a dozen within a similar distance from our farm left to check out!



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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The Indian mound sounds fascinating! And the body of water, which looks natural, not man-made. I wonder if there is swimming or boating there?
Comment by adrianne Thu Nov 9 08:27:51 2017
Are any of those mushrooms you encountered edible?
Comment by Nayan Thu Nov 9 11:26:03 2017





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