There was plenty of available parking (P) with handicapped spots and multiple trash
receptacles (P) available for those that seem to
be prone to toss their trash out the window of their automobiles rather than
walk to the nearest depository. The temperature was a perfect 80 degrees
- per my vehicle's gauge - which is not bad for early June.
I was not sure where the walking trail began so I followed
my instinct and headed back toward the entrance where I spotted a couple
walking on my way into the park. This is one area that could use some
improvement for those of us that are first-timers. Other parks will typically
provide a geographical map near the entrance to the trails that points you in
the right direction as well as lists the distance for those of us experienced
walkers/bikers that have a set exercise quota or regimen.
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I liked the fact that their trail was covered with asphalt
as opposed to sand, gravel, or clay which can sometimes be more difficult to
negotiate and less clean for walkers. I began walking at approximately 1 P.M.
and followed my instinct due to the lack of a geographical map. I had to
double-back to the entrance to the park because the trail that I followed led
me to one of the surrounding neighborhoods. I did, however, enjoy the plethora
of magnolia trees (P) along that trail adjacent
to Cherry Road
. I even encountered a very strange insect (P) that I had never seen before that day.
I did eventually find signs on the correct trail that
posted the distance but without any reference to a starting point (P). I was relieved to find signs that reminded pet
owners to keep their dogs on a leash. I
really hate it when a selfish owner thinks that their dog is so well trained
that they will not bite anyone unless given the order. My response to those
arrogant and perhaps naive owners is "oh, did you have their teeth removed?"
Smile! That was not the case in this park because I observed pet owners obeying
the posted signs (P). Another amenity that I
liked is that the city installed lights along the trail for nighttime walkers/bikers
who prefer avoiding the summer heat (P). In
addition, the trail is wooded (P) throughout (with some trees labeled [P]) which helps keep the temperature down for those
of us that prefer daytime walking/biking.
They even had certain parts of the trail that were for bikers only
is a nice option to avoid potential accidents for those that have a need for
speed (P). In addition, the trail comes complete with rest benches along the route (P)
-- for those that may bite off more than they can chew in terms of physical
activity -- and several baseball fields (P).
The back entrance of the trail spills out into a middle
school (P) which can be a blessing or curse
depending on the purpose that it is used for and the state of mind of the
student. They also have water fountains along the trail for the hydration of
humans and their pets (P). I completed my walk
at 12:55 PM
--approximately 1 hour later -- which for me typically
covers 3 mile
s except in this case less because of my many stops for
picture taking. I did finally locate the source of those children playing
towards the end of my route near the park's entrance and to the left (P).
is located at 1466
, Rock Hill
, and includes green space, a 1.5-mile trail
, picnic areas and fields, as
well as 5 baseball diamonds
, on 68 acres
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