White Clay Creek State Park: Bryan's Field Trail
Bryan's Field Trail
Length: 2.4 miles (including Mason and Dixon marker)
Elevation: The Hike has a total ascent of 157.48 ft and has a maximum elevation of 364.17 ft.
Trail Head: Smith Mill Road Parking Lot
Comments: This is an interesting short trail through forest, a reforestation project, and farm fields. An interesting point of interest is a Mason and Dixon marker just a short distance off the trail. The eastern portion of the trail is near Paper Mill Road, so there are a lot of road noises for a good part of the hike. A good portion of this trail is in open fields, so sun protection is needed. Mountain bikes use the trail, so stay alert.
The trail is a 2.4 mile loop, including a small detour to visit the Mason-Dixon marker.
There are very few hills, and the trail is quite flat.
The trailhead is at the parking lot on Smith Mill Road, just off Paper Mill Road.
The trail begins at a farm field. Bikes use this trail. While they are supposed to yield to hikers, they are often moving fast and are unable to avoid you. Its important to stay alert and step off the trail to avoid bikes.
An interesting old barn is the first major attraction.
The park is undergoing reforestation, and the trees are growing!
The young forest begins to reach for the sky.
More mature forest lies within the park.
A few benches along the trail offer a place to contemplate the forest.
The trail emerges from the forest and past another farm field.
The trail weaves back into the forest.
There is a skills trail for mountain bikes located just off this trail.
More farm fields.
Plank ramp would be fun on a bike.
A short detour off the trail takes you to the famous Mason-Dixon "West" base point marker.
Emerge from the forest and walk thorugh another farm field before returning to the trailhead.
Thursday, September 27, 2012