Vogel State Park Hikes

August 18, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

A couple of weeks ago, Ed and I drove through winding, curvy forested lanes to Vogel State Park in north Georgia where we checked into a quaint and cozy efficiency cabin just big enough for the two of us but with all the comforts of home and no more expensive than a decent hotel. We spent three days, two nights there hiking and photographing and getting good and exhausted. At last I have photos ready for you to see. Because there are quite a few of them, I will post them in two batches: 1) hike around Lake Trahlyta and Trahlyta Falls, 2) hike up to the Blood Mountain overlook and down (in a thunderstorm). Although we wanted to avoid getting hit by lightning the storm didn’t get us very wet thanks to the thick canopy of foliage. Vogel State Park was only the second state park built in Georgia. The lake was HAND DUG! by Civilian Conservation Corps boys during the depression era public works program known as the New Deal. You will see what a big deal that New Deal was when you see the photos of the lake from the overlook. There is a small museum of the CCC at the end of the hike. We were escorted through it by the friendly and knowledgeable guide. It was particularly significant to me because my father was in a similar program in Texas. As you view the photos on my homepage slideshow, be sure to click twice on a photo to read descriptions of the shots. Which of the waterfall photos is your favorite?

 


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