this point, with the lake at your back, enjoy the overview of the boardwalk. From
top to bottom, your eyes will take in a beautiful sky over the tree covered Booze
Mountain ridge, then homes along Cumberland Drive, then Floyd County Industrial
Park and its bordering elevation (remnant of an old railroad berm).
let your eyes rest on the timber bridge/boardwalk that is your destination. Follow
the length of the 1200-foot walkway as it steps through cattail marsh and willow
swamp. Slowly walk the perimeter road as it parallels the boardwalk from above.
Search the swamp for signs of beaver activity.
are fast-running streams that you will hear, slowly meandering and seemingly still
waters, and deeper ponds. There is one very large beaver lodge that should be
visible from several points along your path. It is best to find it from above
so that you will know where to look when you are actually on the boardwalk (continues,
noticeable landmark is a small, old pump house that was used when the acreage
was part of a farm. While you are searching with your eyes, make note of the sounds
as well. The man-made sounds of traffic, industry, and even the college's bell
tower mix in with the pure sounds of nature.
different birdcalls can be heard. Maybe you will recognize the calls of the red-winged
blackbirds as they defend territory and seek mates; or the soft coos of the mourning
doves, and at certain times, perhaps the bobwhite quail song.
continue the virtual tour, first click "top" to go back to the top of
the page, then click "station 1" on the TOUR menu to the right.