Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2015 - 12
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Come spend the weekend with us and find a whole new world of Weird,
Wild and Wonderful in Berkeley County, WV, easily accessible on I-81.
126 E. Race St. Martinsburg, WV 25401
Call 1-800-4WVA-Fun (800-498-2386) or 304-264-8801, or visit www.TravelWV.com
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you should utter a word of thanks to
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Roosevelt's New Deal program, the
Civilian Conservation Corps. They
hauled in multiple tons of topsoil and
planted thousands of tree seedlings,
enabling the land to regenerate into the
forest you see today.
Diagonally cross the paved cabin
road to the left at 4.4 miles and reenter
the woods on the Red Spruce Riding
Trail, but turn left onto the Shay Trace
Trail at 4.5 miles and make another left
to descend along the Balanced Rock
Trail at 4.6 miles.
Turn left onto the paved park road at
4.7 miles for a short side excursion to an
overlook into the 1,000-foot deep
Blackwater Canyon. On the far side are
the Falls of Pendleton Run, dropping
hundreds of feet from Pendleton Lake
into the Blackwater River. The canyon's
rugged cliffs were utilized by the U.S.
Army in World War II to prepare soldiers
for combat in the mountains of Europe.
Retrace your steps along the paved
road and turn left onto the Elakala
Trail, descending to Elakala Falls. This
lovely spot, with the falls dropping 20
feet through a green forest of moss, rhododendron and hemlock, is less than a
10-minute walk from the lodge, yet
most park visitors never come here. You
even get to walk directly over the falls
as the trail continues across a footbridge and rises to return you to the
lodge where you should walk behind
the building in order to obtain one
more magnificent view into the canyon
before returning to your car at 5.5 miles.
If the hike has been a warm one, cool
off in the lodge restaurant with a scoop
of ice cream. A cup of coffee or hot
chocolate may be in order if temperatures have been low.
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