Basin Creek Trail – starts at what we call the Doughton back-country entrance (at the Thurmond Chatham game lands). You walk 1.5 miles along the Grassy Creek Fire road, then turn up Basin creek trail and it is 3.3 miles to the Caudill Cabin. Thus, the whole walk is 9.6 miles round trip.
The hike follows Basin creek up to the Caudill cabin. It is fairly easy walking until the last bit which is a bit of a climb. The trail goes back and forth across the creek a number of times. There had been several good rains the previous week so the creek was much higher than when we were here last fall. After a while, I just gave up trying to keep my shoes and feet dry and just waded through the water! Unfortunately on the way down, I slipped and dropped my new hiking stick! I got it for my birthday and had been using it on all the walks. I found that it really helped me keep my balance (except on slippery moss-covered rocks in the middle of a creek!). Kristen was home and was along for the hike. We all had a great day out. It was hot, but nice. The vegetation was very similar to the previous hike at Doughton. The undergrowth of ferns was lovely. There were a lot of irises, trillium, and wild orchids along the creek (all past bloom dates).
This was our second hike on this trail. We first tried it out last fall over the Thanksgiving holiday. The weather was great that day and we saw a black bear! We were walking along when we heard a crashing sound on the hillside high above the trail. Then we saw the bear, making all speed in our direction. After an initial “Wow – how cool there’s a bear” we realized “Oh my, there is a bear, coming at us fast!” Karl jumped up and yelled and waved his arms – and the bear decided to go off in another direction. No bears (or signs of any) on this trek!