Hiking Lake Whelchel Trail

Sunday, November 22, 2020

It’s Sunday, so of course we started today with our live stream of our worship service at Lester Memorial.  Great service!  We will be so glad when Covid is history and we can all worship in person but are so glad our church will continue to live stream for those of us who can’t always be there in person.

Of course, we also enjoyed more of our goodies from Sunny’s Donuts for our breakfast today.  Today’s treat was cinnamon rolls.  YUM!  Max also found another hike (we did eat cinnamon rolls) when he was looking for new things to do in Gaffney.  Today’s hike was the Lake Whelchel Trail which loops around the lake that is the water source for Gaffney and the surrounding areas.  The trail also happens to be part of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail that stretches 330 miles from Virginia to Gaffney, SC.  The Patriots used this trail during the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain. The Lake Welchel portion was 8.5 miles of trail through a mostly wooded area with many ups and downs and roots and rocks.  It was a very peaceful trail that today seemed to be used more by mountain bikers than hikers but we think it is a great hiking trail.  It is scenic forest, similar to much of the north Alabama forests with views of the lake for much of the route.  It took us just under three hours to complete and was a good workout.  We are already making plans to do this hike again next year.  It was another great day!

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