We rushed down the mostly dry road bed expecting the forest to be full of visitors. However, we did not encounter that many people -or snakes- while out on the trail.
It took us a little less than hour to get to our campsite in the crisp spring coolness. The lack of foliage gave us a great view of the small pond and a symphony of spring peepers greeted us. Several spring storms had knocked down plenty of firewood and we gathered enough to have a roaring fire all evening long.
After setting up camp near the pond, we took off to hike the Sycamore Trail. The trail had a wet spot or two, but we were surprised by how dry it was, even sections by the creek were dry. This allowed us to make great time and knock off the miles easily.
The wild flower were up; we spotted purple flox and yellow trout lilies among many different white flowers. What really surprised us was the fact all the campsites on the trail were empty. I guess our early start paid off and we had the forest to ourselves, for now. After around 8 miles of hiking, we returned and had a great evening by the fire, no bugs yet. The next day, we explored the area further and found another campsite about a mile back in the woods. We will be sure to return the are to check this new site out, possibly for the fall colors.