|Trail through the rock maze Little Rock City State Forest|
|Trail along an active logging road|
|Trail through a tornado devastated area-this area was thick with trees except for a wide grassy corridor in this saddle|
I've climbed steep leafy trails, and descended through thick woods with barely a path beneath me and only blazes marking the way, strolled through open fields and forests of tall Hemlock and Spruce over soft beds of needles.
Oh and over gas pipelines, and ski slopes, across railroad tracks and past cell towers.
|Railroad through the tiny town of Salamanca|
But Little Rock City was by far the highlight. I hiked for a long ways along dirt forest road through the park, catching glimpses of what was to come by the seemingly random giant boulders that sat shrouded in the woods by tall trees, ferns, and blackberry brambles. But after a long uphill climb I reached this enchanted place.
|Entrance to the rock maze of Little Rock City State Forest|
|Golden Saxifrage (Chrysosplenium americanum)|
Atop these giant rocks were forests as well, where these same mosses and wildflowers had made their home as well as Yellow Birch Trees (Betula alleghaniensis) that had found just enough soil to survive as saplings and then when they needed more nutrients inched their roots down the rock faces to the earth below.
|Reproductive spores on a Common Polypody (Polypodium virginianum)|