"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
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July 11, 2017

Fillmore Glen State Park

Allan H. Treman State Marine Park

"People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built." —Eleanor Roosevelt
On our way back from the Lavender Festival on Saturday we stopped by Fillmore Glen State Park. It's an oasis of cool, dense woods crowding into a long, narrow gorge. The hiking trails offer spectacular views, unique geological formations, a botanically rich glen and five more beautiful waterfalls. The park was named for President Millard Fillmore, who was born in a log cabin about five miles from the park. 

We hiked the Gorge Trail that crosses a series of eight bridges as it as follows Dry Creek up the glen. We felt like we were walking through a rain forest...lush vines and ferns, water seeping from the ground and small waterfalls coming into the creek from the cliffs. It truly was an oasis on a summer day.

Trail Map...we hiked the trail marked in red
The swimming area at the lower portion of the glen
The "Cowsheds" is a huge recess in the cliff next to the Lower Falls at the beginning of the glen. It is said that cattle would come up here to escape the summer heat in the days before the this area was a state park
Above the Lower Falls
Bridge one
Bridge two
Bridge three and view upstream
Bridge four
Bridge five and six, view from bridge six
Just past bridge six
One of the many falls coming into the glen
Bridge seven and the view looking upstream
Below bridge eight
The dam in the upper portion of the glen
Bridge nine
 The main waterfall in the upper portion of the glen
A few of the plants in the glen

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