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Flower Heaven

April 23, 2017

Petrifying Springs



The day started a bit chilly and windy, but going with good friends always make for a good time. Although we didn't go far and just stayed at the sand based big playground I could see all of its beauty. After leaving and not fully seeing the park I knew I was coming back, I just didn't think it would be in the same day.

As I was leaving my friends house a few hours later, it was beautiful out. 60 and sunny. I knew I had to stop back at Petrifying Springs and explore the beautiful grounds. As we started hiking I look at my son and said "this is flower heaven" he agreed when he saw a field of daffodils to his left right before the trail started. We decided on the perfect place to sit, a log in the middle of it all so we could enjoy, explore and relax.

After a half hour we decided to see more of the park. Lorenzo the hike leader picked a steep dirt trail (his favorite) we were all up for the challenge and went on up enjoying the beautiful flowers along the way. The ground in between the trees were covered with bluebells flowers and if you look down the path you see yellow Daffodils along the paved trail that goes for miles. It was just what we needed after a long winter.






More about the park: Petrifying Springs is 350 acres. Has scenic hiking and biking trails. Streams and rivers, picnic areas, playgrounds, volleyball courts, softball diamonds, a public golf course, shelter rentals, sledding hill (with lights for night-time sledding), and the Carlisle Family Dog Park (open year-round).


Fun facts: Petrifying Springs Park has owl boxes, wood duck boxes and extensive blue bird trails. Staff feeds the birds and has a squirrel playground where they feed the squirrels for park visitors to enjoy. The petrified sticks, acorns, etc., that occur at such springs are not petrified in the sense that the organic matter is replaced with mineral matter. It is simply covered with lime.

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