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This activity is turning out to be so popular that I'm planning to do it again. So many people wanted to do this on 2 October but couldn't because of the group size (more than twenty people in one group at a place like this makes for a potentially unpleasant experience for us and for others). By doing it on two consecutive Sundays I hope everyone who wants to do it can do so. Note that I may change some of the details we see how the first hike goes.
We'll meet up at the Lake Haigler Entrance at ten o'clock and take the trail that goes over the swinging bridge to the north side of Steele Creek. Then we'll follow the Steele Creek Trail to the other side of the park, cross the creek on another bridge, and return via the Muskadine Trail to Lake Haigler.
The trails are all very well maintained, with little elevation change (no long up hill slogs) throughout. Total distance I estimate at about five and a half miles. We can get lunch at the canteen when we are done, or you can bring whatever you'd like to eat and buy a drink at the canteen.
If you are already a member of Anne Springs Close Greenway, admission is free. For non-members it's $12 per adult, $6 for children aged five to twelve. Members can also team up with non-members and get them in on a guest pass at no charge, but to do that you'll have to travel together--either in the same car or a car following right behind.
Anyone interested in carpooling can arrange that with other hikers by indicating your needs in the comments section. I can pick up someone in South Charlotte (Stonecrest, perhaps?), but I'll have Mr. Buckly (my dog) with me.
By the way, this is a very dog-friendly park. If you bring a dog, remember it must be kept on a leash at all times. And bring bags for waste disposal too.
I've reserved a campsite in the Cane Creek Park 'wilderness' camping area for the weekend of 14-16 October and would like to invite anyone interested in camping out there to join me. The campsites are typical "car camping" arrangements. They are in the woods by the lake, set apart from the RV camping area (where the bathhouse is) by about two hundered yards of trail through the forest. There is a nearby parking area so your car is nearby as well. You get a level spot to pitch your tent, a picknick table, and a fire ring.
If you don't want to actually camp out overnight but are still interested in visiting the park to kayak, hike, or just sit around the campfire with us, text or call at[masked] and I'll work it out with you. Olivia will probably visit the bonfire, though she won't stay the night.
You must reserve your own site (mine is site #2) and the cost is $34 for two days. For some reason the park won't let you reserve just one day, so even if you only want the site for a single night you still have to pay for two. You can arrive anytime after 3:00pm on the day you reserve, and must clear the site by 3:00 on the day you leave.
If you have a kayak, bring it--there is a launch site right off the parking area and the lake is yours during daylight hours. There are also some nice hiking trails. Bring whatever equipment and goodies you need for comfort and relaxation (alcoholic beverages are not allowed). I'll bring a supply of firewood for the bonfire I plan to have, and all are welcome to join me for that.
To reserve your site, go to https://www.unioncountync.gov/government/departments-f-p/parks-recreation. If the website proves too balky (it often does) just send me a message and I'll reserve the site for you. Last I checked, there were still four or five sites available. Each site can accomodate two small tents or one large one.
Since some of us are camping out at Cane Creek Park from Friday the 14th to Sunday the 16th, I'd like to invite anyone who's interested to come out that Saturday (the 14th) and join us for some hiking in the morning (10-12) and/or kayaking in the afternoon (2-5). You can even stay for the campfire if you like!
Bring your own food and beverages, and your own kayak if you like, or rent one at the park. I'll be set up in the "Wilderness" camping area all day each day, camp site #2.
If interested, text me at[masked] to coordinate link up times and places.
I've been asked to think about doing some hiking in the Beach Mountain area on the weekend of 21-23 October. I'm not very familiar with Beach Mountain and would have to do some more research on the trails in the area, and possible conduct a ground recon between now and then, but it seems like it would be a great time to do it. If this seems interesting to you, keep that weekend free and I'll have more details in a few days.