Blackpine Lake Trail is a Hidden Treasure
There is also a campground here, though the trailhead shares parking with the boat launch and dock access area. Paved the whole way, the trail dips in and out of large trees and beautiful flora.
Our girls really wanted to jump in the water right away, but we told them to try and hold out until we finished the hike. There is another, larger dock a little further up the lake that encourages fishing. We walked down and watched the five or so people trying their luck, but having fun more than catching any fish.
Along the way, there are some dirt side trails leading to campsites to the North or the lake to the South. Of course the kids wanted to go on every single one! Flowers became abundant as the trail came closer to the end. Finally, a bench to rest on! I was glad to see an interpretive sign, labeling the mountains. This helped out since this wasn't my normal area of "expertise" so I was unfamiliar with the peaks above.
An easy walk back, especially because the girls knew they were going to get wet, gave us a different perspective of Blackpine Lake. It made the kid inside of me a bit upset that my suit was balled up in the car; a wet mess!
Note: We took the easy way up to the lake described in the trail description. On the way back we took Poorman Creek Road and it is fairly sketchy, narrow and has very few pullouts for passing other cars.