Last weekend I took a girls trip to Mentone, Alabama. On Saturday we (6 of the 9 ladies that went) piled into the van and headed out for a day of adventure. The other three ladies stayed behind at the cabin, finding sitting in front of a roaring fireplace as adventureous as they wanted to get.
For the more adventurous spirits our morning began with a small stop by Cloudmont Ski & Golf Resort. Two 1,000 foot slopes are available for ski. While we didn't ski, we did enjoy watching skiers take to the slope, and began to plan a future trip with kids in tow to try our hand at the slopes.
From there we took to the trails. As in Hiking.
DeSoto State Park has approximately 15 miles of hiking trails, with 5 miles of mountain biking trails. Terrain on all trails varies from easy to strenuous.
Hiking is my favorite outdoor winter activity. In the south, winters aren't harsh, they are perfect to layer up and hit a hiking trail-worry free from ticks, chiggers and snakes, as you would find in the spring and summer. (BIG SMILE)
I chose one of my favorite trails, The Azalea Cascade Boardwalk Trail in Desoto State Park. This trail features a fantastic boadwalk before the actual trail begins. The Boardwalk is a beautiful place to see Mountain Laurel bloom as well as natural rodidendrum. The Boardwalk is a 360-yard trail that can be enjoyed and traveled by people of all abilities. No matter what the season, the boardwalk gives the hiker a unique perspective of the surrounding habitat. A 20-foot octagon deck at the end of the trail places you over the pool created by the Azalea Cascade. You can see clear down to the bottom of the pool!
After our hike we took in some scenery by the awe inspiring Desoto Falls. The Falls plunges 104 ft into a small gorge, a gorgeous sight! It's a three tiered falls, as seen in these best 2 photographs....
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Happy Trails to you, until we meet again!
(can you spot the 6 of us on the trail?)