Isabel Smith Monomoy River Conservation Lands
October 30, 2009
I was in this area this morning after my original plans fell through and decided to take a walk. It is 77 acres with a trail of one mile and a quarter.
The trails in this area are all open and easy walking. there are some rolling hills, but nothing difficult.
The trails in this area are marked by limbs and branches alongside the path. Just over five minutes into the walk I came to an intersection.
This intersection begins the loop hike. I continued straight ahead in the direction of the overlook. Another five minutes and the trail comes to a “T”. The overlook is to the left. Ths is about a 10 minute walk to the overlook which is a high spot that looks down on the Monomoy River, as known as Muddy Creek. There are two large benches at the overlook.
I back tracked to the “T” and continued the loop. The river is visible about 100 yards to the left from the trail, which runs along a high ridge.
As the trail begins to descend from the ridge it forks. This wasn’t on the map, so naturally I took the fork to the left that I guessed went down to the river.
The fork to the left does lead to the river coming out at a small grassy point in the river.
As I walked out onto the small grassy point a group of about a half dozen ducks that had been floating lazily to the left let me know that I was interrupting there peace and quiet. They went flying off down the river to the east.
Back on the main trail for another 10 minutes and you arrive at powerlines. The hike turns to the right and walks along the powerlines for about a quarter miles before returning to the woods.
The woods in this area are almost all pitch pine and scrub oak. There are a few white pine and even fewer holly trees.
This hike took 55 minutes. It was an overcast morning with the temperature in the mid 50′s.
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