We've stayed in several campgrounds this year where we so wished we had the kayaks we sold back before we moved to Belize. Most of the paddling friendly parks were on or near lakes. But this one, with sites right on the east fork of Twelvepole Creek, which leads to East Lynn Lake, would have been one of the best for a leisurely paddle, seeking out birds along the creek banks. We saw several campers doing just that, including some of the many children in the campgrounds. They actually rent kayaks here, but with Barry's ailing rotator cuff, paddling was not a possibility for him this time.
But all was not lost: there were other recreational activities in the East Fork COE Campground. A short hiking trail, the 1.5 mile East Fork Trail, starts in the campground. This trail is a little steep in sections, beautifully wooded, and covered with lush green moss in parts. When we hiked it, we saw no one else on the trail and no signs that it had been hiked lately. Most of the campers here seem to prefer golf cart travel to walking, judging from this weekend.
The paved campground road is also nice for bicycling, though I had to ride solo because of Barry's shoulder. Since I was riding by myself. I didn't venture out of the park onto the winding road with no shoulder, but rode up and down the campground road several times to rack up 20 miles. The terrain was flat to lightly rolling, nothing difficult. Although the road was closed for the season beyond Area 3, I rode around the gate to Areas 4-6, a wonderful ride since no cars were present.
The autumn scenery along the road was just glorious!
Although this was undoubtedly a beautiful campground with good recreational opportunities, we might not visit again due to the difficult access (narrow, winding roads) in and out of the park.
Up next: We spend two nights in Kentucky in a very different type of park.
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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