Greenbo State Park
My latest photography expedition for Kentucky Scenic took me northeast to Greenbo State Park in Greenup, Kentucky. It began a bit rough because the Google map I printed off as I ran out the door sent me to a neighborhood about 20 miles east of the park. I was a little annoyed because I thought it would be a great idea to bring nothing else to aid in my navigation but luckily I found signs and eventually made it to Greenbo.
I didn’t get to spend a whole lot of time there but I was still able to capture some great photos of a few of the sights. Probably the best part of the trip was watching the sunrise over the pristine lake. As you can see from the photos, the water was extremely calm, even with a few fishermen already on the lake, resulting in a mirror like reflection of the trees and sky. I took most of my shots just past the boat dock at the entrance to the Michael Tygart Trail. It wasn’t until after the sun had come up and I had hiked down the trail a about 10 minutes, that I came across what would probably have been a much better spot to watch the sunrise. The picture below was taken at this spot and the exact location can be found at the end of the article.
I believe there were a total of 4 trails at Greenbo allowing a mixture of hiking, horse back riding, and mountain biking but I was only able to hike part of the Michael Tygart Loop. This particular trail was clearly marked with yellow paint and ran about 7 miles. Below are some of my photographs from the hike.
Before going to the park, I had heard that there was a grove of Kentucky cane, which is a relative of bamboo, next the old Claylick Buffalo school (built 1926) and I got really excited. Why? I don’t really know, I’ve just always loved looking at and playing in the stuff but unfortunately the grove ended up being a small patch and was a bit of a let down. Despite this, I still had fun squeezing my way between the can stalks and taking photos.
I also enjoyed seeing the Buffalo Furnace which was used as major producer of iron between 1851 and 1875 and could output up to 15 tons of iron in 24 hours. It sits directly off of the main road into the park so it doesn’t make for much of an adventure but it was none the less, an interesting find.
My final stop was at the Oldtown Covered Bridge, one of the two covered bridges in the area (the other being Bennett’s Mill). This bridge, built around 1880, is only open to foot traffic and is located about 6.5 miles south of Greenbo park, just off the scenic highway 1. Its location is marked on the map at the end of this post.
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