The direction on the phone directed us to somebody's backyard... Not good! But because sometimes we put our brains together, we did find the park 15 minutes later.
We parked by the Thaddeus Stevens Furnace and Trail and walked a bit to the park office. We got a map, and use the restroom. The park office was beautiful!
Fun fact: Did you know that Thaddeus Stevens was a Radical Republican who was a huge advocate of abolishing slavery? He was more progressive than President Lincoln, and after President Lincoln's assassination, he continued to push to protect the rights of Former slaves. Bet you weren't expecting a history lesson today!
We were looking for the long and difficult hike path, but couldn't find it. We did see a lady cooking by the day picnic area, and we considered asking if we could join her. She had about 50 pieces of chicken on the grill and it smelled great!
Old Truck by the main office
Small waterfall by the entrace
Starting the Midland trail
Thaddeus Stephens Trail
We hiked 4 easy miles, our goal was to see part of the Appalachian Trail that goes through this park, but we didn't make it there. We had a goal to only do 4 miles, because we had a long run the next day.
After we left the park, we went for ice cream, and realized it was time for dinner. So we ordered some food at this place. I got the burger and water, and Roger got a turkey sandwich. It was so delicious! the burger meat was very fresh and juicy, made me wish I had ordered fries. The server came out and asked us how everything was and we couldn't stop complimenting the food. Then she told us that all their food is local, they buy meat from the local butcher, their veggies from the local farmer and the bread from the local bakery. I wanted to move in there and eat all the food!
Caledonia State park also had a pool and a very large day picnic area. We will be going back to find the AT!
Do you hike?
When was the last time you had a yummy fresh burger ?
Have you hiked any of the AT?
Ever cooked 20 pieces of chicken at a park?