Thursday, July 9, 2009

War Eagle Trail in Withrow Springs State Park

War Eagle Trail is named for the River it follows. Parts of the trail are quite steep.
The trail starts at the Southwest entrance to the park.
You must walk under a bridge to begin the hike.
Scenes along the river are lovely. The water is blue-green and clear.
About half way up the mile long trail you reach a small cave.
Just a little further and you will see War Eagle Cave which is
large enough to go inside and explore.
View from the entrance to the cave.
I believe the trail is labeled as moderate difficulty but parts are very steep
and slippery. Wear good hiking shoes.
Me in front of a pretty bend in the river.
I am the Wilderness Vanna White.
Setting sun on the War Eagle River.
Gravel beach on the river.
Action shot of Wiley having fun, ears flapping in the breeze.
I couldn't resist a little swim. The water was very warm.
I was having a lot of fun until Chuck saw a snake. After a snake sighting, every stick looks amazing like a reptile.
Wiley loves to swim and fetch rocks which he thinks are very heavy balls.
Looking down stream as the sun sets.
War Eagle River flows North from its headwaters in the Boston Mountains
instead of South like most streams.
You can float a canoe on the War Eagle River from about March to Mid-June.
Me floating below a small bluff.
War Eagle River is a Class 1 (very easy) stream good for families.
You can float about six miles in three hours.
It takes about an hour and a half to walk the length of the trail and about an hour for the return trip. For those bad at math, that it is a total of two and half hours.
Beautiful bluffs surrounded by thick verdant forests.
Jade and emerald landscape.
Chuck and Natalie with War Eagle River in background.
Another shot taken with Chuck's long arms.
Looking through the trees to the water.
The trail ascends 150 feet.
View of farm fields from the top.
Old gnarled tree on the bluff.
Chuck and Wiley on top of the bluff.
Wiley with one of his "balls" he found at the bottom of the river. He likes to dive. Below is some video of Wiley swimming and looking for "balls". Below is some video of our "swimming hole".
Below is some video of the view from the top of the bluff.

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