As I am always on the lookout for a good trail to hike, I checked out the Suffolk Country website this past week and discovered a nature preserve just minutes from where we needed to run some errands. There is a small preserve not far from a major highway around Bayport called Sans Souci County Park. Our walk did have a down side as we were constantly disturbed by the roar of traffic driving down the highway during the first part of our hike.
The Sans Souci County Park has two trails are linked through a yellow-marked connector from the parking lot to the preserve's entrance. We chose to take the white trail which looped through a hardwood forest on the northern section. We found some quite tall fiddle heads and some blueberry bushes in full bloom on the way.
While on the trail, we encountered sections of flooded and muddy terrain. Skunk cabbage was abundant all over the neighborhood. Planks were placed in some areas across the mud to make it easier for those to travel on this section.
At last we reached a small stream of rust colored water, perfectly contrasting against the stark trees. Upon crossing the water, we came upon a trail gnome hiding in the hollow of an old tree. We continued on our way in peace since he didn't make any demands.
We continued on the orange trail after completing the white trail loop. The trail is straight and runs about 1 mile in one direction. Our route narrowed in the south as we continued walking; we were able to see the boundary of Camp Edey to the west and houses to the east. We could see Sans Souci Lake just south of the camp, which according to the county government website, contained a series of lakes created by dams around 1800 when a cranberry farm was being built.
As we continued on, we gradually saw the forest change from hard wood trees to pines.
This section of the Sans Souci County Park was enhanced by the blanket of pine needles underneath. There is a fence marked with orange trail blazes but the trail appears to end shortly afterward. Retracing our steps we eventually reached the yellow connector trail. As always, I overestimated the time and distance I thought I would be able to walk comfortably on the trail, so I had some trouble finishing the trail. It was amazing how the roots on the trees seemed to grow taller as my fatigue level increased and stretched further into the trail to trip me.
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