I decided the day after Thanksgiving would be a great day for a hike. This time I ventured out further from my house to a town about an hour and a half away to Lake Greenwood State Park. The South Carolina State Parks website has not been updated and states that there is a .8 mile trail however they recently expanded the trails and there are now about 4 miles of trails taking you around the shore of the lake and through the woods. While not quite the hiker’s paradise the way other state parks nearby are, there are a few other things to do while you are there. Lake Greenwood State Park in Ninety Six, SC is a fisherman’s heaven. They actually have a program where you can rent rods and reels on top of having boat access to Lake Greenwood. They also have 125 paved campsites. It would be a great place to take the boat out for the day, do some swimming or fishing, and camp out with the family!
Unfortunately the day was pretty dreary and very windy so I didn’t really find the trails as beautiful as I know they can be. The lovely Fall colors in the trees were already starting to be closer to brown than colorful. However, I do believe that on a clear Autumn day or on a clear summer day, these trails would be absolutely gorgeous.
The going was very easy and the trails were virtually empty. I do wonder how busy they get during a high traffic day (I have a feeling not many people wanted to get out and go hiking after filling up on turkey the day before – plus it was Black Friday and most people spend the day hiking at Target and Best Buy, not at state parks).
This was my first time hiking solo, so I was grateful that it wasn’t a trail that was too treacherous, however my paranoia definitely was kicking in about mid-way through the hike and I kept checking around me to make sure that I wasn’t being followed by anyone or stalked by any animals. Not sure if there are any bears out there, but I have definitely heard too many stories of solo hikers going across some not so friendly wildlife alone. One thing that definitely made me feel safer, I had excellent cellphone reception on the whole trail (possibly because of the proximity to the campground?).
Despite my weird paranoia, I found solo hiking to be really relaxing. I actually had the time to stop and take photos, which normally I feel stressed about because I don’t want to hold anyone back. Also, it was very quiet except for the sounds of nature which gave me some much needed respite from the sounds of my own and other people’s voices. Some good quality quiet time is always pretty good for the soul. Finally, while this was a pretty easy trail, I am glad that I didn’t have to worry about the difficulty level causing me to be to have to slow down or speed up (depending on who I am hiking with) and I could go at my own comfortable pace. I definitely think more solo hikes are in my future because, all in all, I really enjoyed it!