After all the troubles with my Ford Escape, I was really ready for a retreat-like location when the car was finally fixed. My first destination was Paris Mountain State Park. I figured this would be good for a double dose of relaxation therapy – a woodsy green park to stay at and the great City of Greenville and Falls Park on the Reedy to explore. My brother had highly recommended that I head this way on the way to Michigan, and I freely admit his advice was right on.
More info and pics about my stay at the Campground are on the website also, but I’ll blog here about one of the trails I walked around Lake Placid. Any comments or your own memories of Paris Mountain welcome here!
You can access the trail from several spots, including being able to start from either direction from the Park Center to make the loop around the lake, a fairly level and easy mile.
I enjoyed watching this fishing family and the sounds of their laughter across the lake.
Along the way there are many scenic spots, critters scampering and swimming around and a few rhododendron still hanging on. From the many bushes I saw, I can imagine this trail would be amazingly gorgeous when they are in full bloom.
As usual, among my favorite things are bridges and there were quite a few along the trail. This one had a sign that told its story:
Leading America out of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt implemented programs to give citizens jobs that improved our nation’s infrastructure: adding schools, roads, parks and, yes, bridges! One such building program was the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). They used easy-to-get, cost effective materials plus design principles that produced a look now called “parkitecture.” Notice how this bridge is made of local stone and wood so that it harmonizes with its surroundings. Imagine the hours of hard manual labor required to haul all these stones to this site and then stack them securely enough to support a bridge.
As viewed from across the lake, the first building the CCC constructed when it began creating Paris Mountain State Park in 1935 was the bathhouse that served as a place for swimmers to change their clothes or buy refreshments. It’s now the Park Center where campers check in, the interpretive center with lots of information about the park’s history and the gathering place for the start of many activities for kids and grownups alike.
The Park Center provided the following information about the dams:
“When the CCC began etching a park into the undisturbed beauty of Paris Mountain’s watershed, the only manmade structures already here were the dams. Guided by the contours of the land and the location of streams and lakes, the boys of the CCC constructed roads, trails, buildings and more.”
My next favorite thing is falling water, so I enjoyed a stop here at “Reservoir 2” – as the water this dam collected was called when it was built in 1898.
This was the only trail I had a chance to explore while at Paris Mountain, but it was a real fun one!
If anyone has comments, questions or other suggestions about Paris Mountain, please post…