The Lime Kiln Trail
This past summer some friends and I embarked on this trail expecting to find some cool old “artifacts”, as the signs advertised, and lots of adventure. We certainly found both!
This is a relatively easy trail. It starts as a well cleared path which quickly turns to gravel. The trail is used heavily by horses. We never actually saw one but quickly got into the practice of yelling “Poop” down the line whenever we saw trace of one as the trail is littered with droppings.
About a mile in this turns into a nice hike through the forest, no longer accessible by our horse friends, thankfully. The trail is relatively flat but near the edge of a cliff heading down to the river. ”Artifacts” are seen everywhere on the side of the trail carefully staged by those who maintain it. Yet they add a bit of history and nostalgia to the hike.
About half way in we stumbled across the trail’s namesake, the old lime kiln. There used to be a railway through here and the kiln was used quite frequently. It is now abandoned and being recaptured by the forest. It is beautiful and eerie in its own right. The light coming through the trees gave it an amazing effect making it almost impossible to capture on camera.
After exploring the kiln we continued on the trail towards our final destination, the cool flowing river. When we approached there were only a few hikers there but many followed after us. The river was a nice place to stop and rest. We ate lunch as we soaked out feet in the freezing cold water and splashed each other. Probably the best rest stop for a hike ever.
After spending about an hour sitting on the rocks at the side of the river we decided to head back. The hike was nice and easy, not too challenging, and very peaceful.