There is now a new boardwalk which crosses Lake Alexander! Richard and I walked on the trail to see this before it was finished, these first two photos were taken at the end of July. This is a new trail that connects with a trail that we are familiar with, the Rockdale River Trail. After you cross this boardwalk, it goes up a steep hill and loops around with some beautiful granite plutons that are beneath the trees beside the trail. Then, the trail goes up and down (quite hilly!) and takes you to an old barn. The trail takes you right through the barn (which has been cleaned up and is now like a shelter) and it connects with the Rockdale River Trail. If you take a right, you will come back to Lake Alexander, take a left and you will walk to the South River. Eventually, the trail will be completed that will take you straight to Panola Mountain itself. (Or really to the trails there, remember you can only climb Panola Mountain at certain times and that must be with a guide, it has restricted access.)
The above photos were taken as it was being built, but now that August is here...the boardwalk is complete!
There, the new boardwalk! Isn't it pretty? This should be very popular with hikers and bikers. Can't wait to see this view with autumnal colors.
The sun is setting now, time to go home. Hope you liked the new trails and boardwalk at Panola Mountain, you can be sure you will see it again!