After driving home from Greensboro yesterday, I decided to take a short walk through the woods on the Four Seasons Trail to Hickory Nut Falls in Chimney Rock State Park. As it was Good Friday, the park was crowded. Families were out in droves in the park and at the shops in downtown Chimney Rock.
I parked at Grady’s Discovery Center to hike up Four Seasons Trail. It had been weeks since I’d been on the lower trail and I was surprised to see how many things were blooming. The Carolina Rhododendron ( also known as Piedmont Rhododendron) was blooming … early! The blooms are a little bit smaller with smaller leaves. Several species of wildflowers were blooming and the blood red trillium was up, but not quite open yet.
I walked around a curve near the trailhead to find a turkey hen right in front of me. She wasn’t the least bit concerned about my proximity.
Hickory Nut Falls Trail had just reopened after being closed for a year because of a landslide. I had forgotten how pretty it is. There was evidence of several small slides and one really big slide. It looks like they had to removed tons of rock and large boulders from the trail.