|Fog and trees (an image by Rocco Dinato from the Internet)|
We walk at this state park very frequently - at least twice a month - and often much more frequently. The park is sizable (1,500 acres), but it was created from a large working farm. The state wants to demonstrate the history of agricultural use of the property to us suburban rubes, so much of the property is leased to farmers who continue to grow corn or soybeans (often employing poor management practices that lead to soil erosion). Agriculture in other parts of the park had been abandoned, and the fields had begun to regrow - until invasive plants moved in and cloaked the vegetation with ugly, smothering blankets of vines. The historic woodlots on the property remain in fairly decent shape, except that there are no understory plants because the white-tailed deer have eaten everything they can get their mouths around. (To its credit, the state has initiated a deer management program in the park, with annual culls.) In short, the place is not very scenic, but the extensive trail system is paved, which is what's important to us during inclement weather.
|Trees in fog (an image by David Wagner from the Internet)|