Continuing from the Rocky Trail – South Lake Trail …
As we entered the woods, we saw the Fern Trail, marked by a yellow blaze, going off to the south. We’ll have to walk that trail on another day.
The Arabia Lake Trail circles the lake. We walked on the east side of the lake to meet up with the Forest Trail. Along the trail, where seeps emerged along the bank, we saw more leaves of more trout lilies (Erythronium sp.).
We were a little amused by this sign warning of thin ice, especially since it was 85 F that day. But in winter, ice may form on the lake but it would be very thin. Hence the danger sign.
We joined the Forest Trail starts at the northeast ‘corner’ of the lake and walked along a relatively level trail for a short while.
The trail then climbed back up to the ridge, skirting the northern end of the stone outcrop, to return to the parking lot.
In a shady grove near the end of the Forest Trail, we spotted a small grove with about a dozen Pink Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium acaule) orchids.
On April 9th, the orchids were just beginning to open.
The Forest Trail crossed the PATH trail to return to the parking lot. We chose to walk back to the parking lot on the paved PATH trail. PATH is a foundation that builds trails for walkers, runners, cyclists, and skaters. The Arabia Mountain path currently runs from Lithonia to Alexander’s Lake, just east of Panola Mountain State Park.
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PATH Foundation: Arabia Mountain Trail [Online trail map]
- Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve: RR Trail - Frog Pond Trail
- Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve: Frog Pond Trail
- Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve: Rocky Trail – South Lake Trail
- Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve: Bradley Mountain Trail (Part 1)