The preferred vacation spot hike at Jackson State Forest is the one mile hike as much as Pinnacle Peak. At 966 ft above sea stage, 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 by no means appropriate as this path is fairly rugged. It’s huge, effectively marked, and has an excellent floor a lot of the manner, however there’s a whole lot of climbing and descending. It’s a difficult path.
Path 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. Simply observe the Most important Forest Highway all the way in which again, park on the left. The Pinnacle Peak Shelter Home is situated just a bit additional on, a terrific place for a household reunion or gathering. There’s 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 moderately steeply to the Previous Tower Website, the primary landmark alongside the path. An outdated fireplace tower was right here at one time, a few of the outdated concrete helps nonetheless protruding from the bottom. At this level, you’ll want to take the left fork, the proper travels over to Excessive Level, about one quarter mile distant.
The left fork descends moderately 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’ll then meet Path 10 coming in from the left. A brief distance later Path 10 departs to the east, Path One continues on up a grade and across the hill.
You’ll lastly attain some extent the place you will notice two posts with what seems to be just like the path going between them. You may rise up to Pinnacle Peak this fashion, however the path really goes left. In the event 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. As soon as up there, there are two important vistas. The principle vista overlooks the path you simply got here up. To the proper an superior view of the encompassing countryside, to the left extra hills of the park. Straight forward is Excessive Level. The opposite vista is smaller, however spectacular views of the neighboring hills. An fascinating Chestnut Oak offers 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’s a good place to deliver a picnic lunch alongside to munch as you ponder the view.
Pinnacle Peak Path principally passes by a forest largely composed of Chestnut Oak, Sugar Maple and different excessive nation hardwoods. Wildflowers abound within the spring. The 300 odd foot climb passes by some very fairly forest, alongside ridges and divides because it ascends to its vacation spot, Pinnacle Peak. That is certainly one of Jackson State Forests finest hikes.