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Hungry Mother State Park

by Michelle Miles

On one of the oddly warm days in January, my family and I took a trip to Hungry Mother State Park to walk the trail around the river. The river had a light mist hovering over it and because of the lack of leaves on the trees, the view of the river was beautiful. The path followed pretty close to the edge of the river and was mostly gravel. I had a few issues with the accesibility of the trail, in some places the gravel was loose and easy to get my wheelchair stuck in and there were some bumpy roots of trees growing across the path. The biggest problem, however, was the small bridge at the beginning of the trail. Getting up onto bridge was no problem, but going back up the other side on the way back was a challenge. The gravel on that one side of the bridge had worn away enough to create a very slight step up onto the bridge. I've noticed this happening at a few state parks now, and I think the solution would be pretty simple and not terribly expensive. If someone were to replace the gravel worn away with new gravel every now and then, maybe once a year, it would make it much more wheelchair accessible. We luckily had a portable ramp in our car so I wasn't stuck on the other side (I've included pictures). Other than that, I loved this park! It was a great, relaxing trail with a phenomanal view of the river. Enjoy! 

There is a beach at the beginning of the trail, but it was obviously vacant in January.

 

The bridge

The step

Our improvisation!

 

 

 

The beautiful, misty river

 

A few close ups of some of the nature on the trail

 

 

 

Published: 01/28/2013

 


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