The Homestead Hikers visited Hanging Rock State Park on January 10. The hike, led by Bryan and Veronica Thompson, was on a short loop trail along the Dan River known as Riverbluffs.
Several of the hikers had previously hiked a nearby trail, Indian Creek, but this relatively new trail was unknown to all. The 1.1 mile Riverbluffs Loop Trail passes through a flood plain along the south shore of the Dan River, and features nice views of the striated cliffs on the opposite bank.
Also noteworthy during this winter hike were significant stands of holly trees—about the only green in the forest besides some isolated patches of rhododendron. After a gray morning and stiff cold winds, the sun came out for a beautiful January afternoon walk along the Dan River.
The February hike, generally held on a Saturday, will be held on Sunday, February 14 at 2 p.m. Greg Arens will lead hikers and walkers through history in the Town of Stuart. Hikers should meet at the Patrick County Historical Museum adjacent to the library, 116 West Blue Ridge Street. Guests are always welcome, come join the group.
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