THIS HIKE WAS
This trail came highly recommended and I now understand why. There was so much too see everywhere you looked.
Just when I thought “that was cool,” then we would come upon something else that would cause my mind to shout “WOW! Check this out!”
Walking along the Black Creek Side Trail you see these deep rock fissures, like giant cracks along the ground. The best part about this hike is that you can actually explore these crevices. If you're weary about walking through a slightly dark, tight space, continue along the path until you reach what appears to be the end of the trail but look down to your right and there's a ladder to climb down.
Explore this section with caution as the limestones can be slick and slippery.
AFTER EXPLORING THE "HOLE IN THE WALL"
FIND THE KILNS
After the crevices continue down the hill and turn right at the trail. Follow the wooden path to the bridge and look to your left to see the beautiful stone arch bridge in the middle of the Black Creek. Continue on the marked path and you will see your first 19th century lime kiln and mill ruins. From the 1st kiln turn right to continue along the path to view the others.
Note: Please respect the barriers and fences there to protect these cultural remnants.
PROUD MAMA MOMENT
She conquers her fears
I have to take a moment and give a shout out to my then 7 year old daughter. For someone scared of heights, the dark, and the possibility of creepy crawly things in those dark damp spaces; she truly pushed her limits during this hike.
She amazed me with her adventurous spirit and the best part was she had fun doing it! The look of wonder and excitement on her face didn’t show any signs of her fears. Her confidence grew with each section she conquered and it was a delight to witness it all.