We always want to take longer trails, but drive time and daylight have usually been what have thwarted our efforts. This led us to get back into camping! Our camping "reboot" started at Hawn State Park to hike the whole Whispering Pine Trail. It is 10 miles and has 2 loops. Until now, we have only managed the North Loop.
Since we camped the night before, we had plenty of time to hike all of the trail and explore a little more before sundown. We got a pretty early start after a good breakfast including bacon. I wanted to do the trail backwards of the suggested counter-clockwise direction. It makes me feel that we avoid some of the crowds at the beginning of the trails and provides a different view of the trail.
Even though we left early, we didn't see any animals other than a turtle on the trail. That's not too surprising, Whispering Pine Trail and Pickle Creek are very popular trails.
We did manage to trek both loops of Whispering Pine Trail. The caves and creek at beautiful on the South Loop and the solitude was perfect. We probably saw less than a dozen people all day.
The Whispering Pine Trail is a great trial and we highly recommend it. We added the Pickle Creek Trail to the end so we could walk along the creek at the end of our day. it was lovely! Please enjoy the video of our trek.
After we hike 11 miles, we deserve cookies! SO we made some over the campfire that night. Please check out how we made them in our Dutch Oven. (You should probably eat cookies while/after watching.) Until next time, keep on trekking!
Kay and Matt enjoy hiking all over the USA. We have a YouTube Channel to video our adventures, this blog, and we are working on building an app to allow others to go on adventures too.
We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.