2nd Saturday Breakfast and Hike
Hiking/Walk DATE: 07/14/2018 - 07/14/2018
Trip/Event Location: Montross, VA
Trip Leader(s): TrailGuyEric
Max # People: 15
Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
Optional Breakfast at McLeans at 7:00 a.m. (3500 West Broad, Richmond VA).
Breakfast is at McLeans at 7:00 a.m. (3500 West Broad, Richmond VA).
Use your GPS and head to 145 Cliff Road, Montross, VA 22520. We'll meet at the visitor’s parking lot 9:30 a.m.
We met at for breakfast at McLean’s at 7:00 a.m., 3500 West Broad, Richmond VA. We then drove to Westmoreland State Park up I-95 then switching to Hwy 301 for a more direct and relaxed drive to the park. We arrived at the visitor’s center at 9:30 a.m. but noticed parking near the trailhead (which isn’t on the maps) so drove back to the Laurel Point Trail trailhead and parked.
We headed down the Laurel Point Trail with lots of Mountain Laurel everywhere. And spider webs. Lots and lots of spider webs. Apparently we were the first people that morning on the trails! We walked down to Rock Spring Pond and picked up the Rock Spring Pond Trail (all asphalt) and headed back up to the main road, crossed the street and picked up the Conservation Corps Fitness Trail for a short hike until we picked up the Turkey Neck Trail. We took the southern loop on the Turkey Neck Trail which brought us to the closed section of the trail (the sign alerting us to the closure was not there.
We climbed over a half-dozen trees that had come down due to a hill-slide from the heavy rains this area had several weeks ago. We finally came to the Beaver Dam Trail whereupon we found the trail closure sign. We climbed back up a plateau and rested at a bench conveniently located at the top. We picked up the return loop of the Turkey Neck Trail which brought us to the lookout platform just a few yards from the beach. We walked down to Fossil Beach, enjoyed the water views and breeze off the water Finally, we’ll pick up Big Meadow Trail to head to the Visitor’s Center and then back to the Laurel Point Trailhead parking lot.
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