The hottest vacation spot hike at Jackson State Forest is the one mile hike as much as Pinnacle Peak. At 966 toes above sea degree, that is the second highest spot within the park. For this path you will have some good climbing sneakers. Sandals, flip flops and costume sneakers are in no way appropriate as this path is fairly rugged. It is large, properly marked, and has a great floor many of the method, however there may be a whole lot of climbing and descending. It is a difficult path.
Trail One is the path which leads as much as this spot, the trailhead is from the Pinnacle Peak parking space, on the northeast finish of the park. Just comply with the Main Forest Road all the best way again, park on the left. The Pinnacle Peak Shelter House is situated only a little additional on, an excellent place for a household reunion or gathering. There is a playground, primitive campground, fishing in Knob Lake, and many different trails right here, too, so it’s a good place to spend the day.
The path begins by climbing fairly steeply to the Old Tower Site, the primary landmark alongside the path. An previous fireplace tower was right here at one time, among the previous concrete helps nonetheless protruding from the bottom. At this level, it would be best to take the left fork, the best travels over to High Point, about one quarter mile distant.
The left fork descends fairly sharply, watch out as this part is considerably gravelly and slippery even when the bottom is dry. The path climbs once more, drops after which climbs. You will then meet Trail 10 coming in from the left. A brief distance later Trail 10 departs to the east, Trail One continues on up a grade and across the hill.
You will lastly attain some extent the place you will notice two posts with what seems to be just like the path going between them. You can stand up to Pinnacle Peak this fashion, however the path really goes left. If you go straight right here, you may be climbing up a reasonably vertical, gravelly cliff. The left fork is longer, however a lot simpler.
The path from this level climbs pretty steadily, curves round behind the Peak, lastly emerges for one final scramble up a gravelly path to the highest. Once up there, there are two most important vistas. The most important vista overlooks the path you simply got here up. To the best an superior view of the encompassing countryside, to the left extra hills of the park. Straight forward is High Point. The different vista is smaller, however spectacular views of the neighboring hills. An fascinating Chestnut Oak gives a low limb to sit down and look. There are some good flat rocks to lie on, and there’s a bench to sit down on additionally. It is an efficient place to deliver a picnic lunch alongside to munch as you ponder the view.
Pinnacle Peak Trail principally passes via a forest principally composed of Chestnut Oak, Sugar Maple and different excessive nation hardwoods. Wildflowers abound within the spring. The 300 odd foot climb passes via some very fairly forest, alongside ridges and divides because it ascends to its vacation spot, Pinnacle Peak. This is certainly one of Jackson State Forests finest hikes.