From Winfield COE Campground on Strom Thurmond Lake in Appling, GA … Friday, October 15, 2010
We woke up to a mere 50 degrees this morning. So it was perfect for having breakfast by a campfire. Charlie built a beautiful fire for us, giving us a great start to the day.
We decided that today we would check out Mistletoe State Park
. This park is only a couple miles down the road. I read that they had some nice nature trails and a good campground too. So we packed some drinks in the cooler, our binoculars, and we were on our way.
It cost $5.00 per vehicle to get in the park. Then we went into the Visitors Center and talked to the park ranger. She recommended that we try out the Cliatt Trail.
Before we did our hike, we drove around the rest of the state park to check everything out. Mistletoe State Park encompasses just under 2000 acres. It is very well maintained and has some nice amenities. We drove through on section of the campground (one section was already closed for the season). There are 96 campsites, most of which are situated around the lake. It was very nice, but we both agreed that we still prefer Winfield COE Park. Of course, the half price discount with Charlie’s Access Pass doesn’t hurt either. The campsites at Mistletoe cost $25 to $28.
We parked at the trailhead and started down the Cliatt Trail. The trail began mostly level and then had some small grades down and up. It followed along a creek which was very pretty. After close to two miles, we returned to the Visitors Center.
We enjoyed our visit to the state park today very much. We returned to Winfield around 3:00. I made some grilled cheese sandwiches for us which we ate outside enjoying the warm weather and light breezes.
The activity level picked up around here today since it is Friday. A lot of weekend campers moved in throughout the day. It will be a different atmosphere around here for our last couple days. But these campsites are so spread out, that it really won’t be bad at all.
We always say we don’t know where the time goes when we are camping. The days just seem to fly by so quickly. Nothing like our days when we spent them at work five days a week. : )