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BABLER PARK DOG HIKE
October 23 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
A reasonably easy hike for our group. Not too bad for beginners. A good place to “get your paws muddy” if you’re new to the group! Some DIRT TRAILS, some rocks/roots in a few spots. Some paved level roadbed. Fall colors are usually very good here.
Frontline your dog, ticks are still out. Babler has it’s share of bugs.
I PROMISE TO STAY ON THE TRAIL THIS TIME!
We hit the trail promptly at 10:00, arrive before that and be ready to go at 10:00. Read written directions and come to the right parking lot.
THIS IS NOT A POWER HIKE. We don’t do that. Pace is 2-2.5 mph and we stop when we need to regroup, take pics or rest on hills.
We’ll start from the big statue near the Visitor Center, wind down to the old swimming pool, then hit the Dogwood Trail, up the big hill to the shelter and a very short distance on the road to our cars.
We might take a slight detour to old cemetery inside the park. Always fun to see.
There’s a BEAUTIFUL SPRING for the dogs at about the mid point. Otherwise, no water for dogs…bring some for your dog to drink. They are all thirsty on this hike. We stop & sit at the shelter, towards the end of the hike. Dogs usually mooch for treats, so bring your own for your own dog.
TERRAIN is MODERATE. Half level/half hilly.
Hiking boots strongly recommended.
Expect mud on parts of the trail if it’s been raining.
About 5 miles, allow 3 hours.
Bathrooms after about 1 hour of hiking. They should be open, but no guarantees. None at parking lot. Visitor center is usually not open.
HWY 109 to HWY BA (Babler Access) to park entrance. Big entrance with stone walls, you can’t miss it. Lots of ways to get here, depending on where you start. Use mapping feature to get to the park entrance.
Meet at the parking lot just below the big statue by the entrance.
Turn into park, go RIGHT at the fork, there is a parking lot on the right, just below the big statue