Monday, December 11th, 2017

Take A Springtime Walk On The Trails of Big Canoe

You’ll have no doubt that spring has arrived if you take a  stroll on any of Big Canoe’s 18, count them, walking trails. There are hiking, walking and biking trails to fit every trail-blazer taste, from single-file natural footpaths to paved paths wide enough for walkers, runners and bikers.  The common denominator among the trails is that they all bless you with the natural beauty that comprises the 8,000 pristine acres of the mountain community of Big Canoe!

Yellow daffodiles herald Springs arrival

Happy faced daffodiles herald spring's arrival

Last week, Peter and I and our son Michael from Atlanta chose two of the newer trails located not far from the main entrance. The first was the lovely 1.3 mile Choctaw Trail that circles Choctaw Village and overlooks the golf course and shimmering Blackwell Creek, which in places is as wide as a river.

Benches are scattered along Choctaw Trail inviting you to sit awhile and take in the serene natural beauty of Blackwell Creek, the golf course and surrounding mountains.

Benches are scattered along Choctaw Trail, inviting you to sit awhile and take in the serene natural beauty of Blackwell Creek, the golf course and surrounding mountains.

Despite one steep asphalted section, our leisurely walk along Choctaw Trail left us exhilarated and wanting more, so we left Choctaw, passed the awesome new Sconti Club and drove three minutes down Wilderness Parkway to begin our next trail adventure from the picturesque covered bridge.

Big Canoe's famous covered bridge spans meandering Blackwell Creek

Big Canoe's famous covered bridge spans meandering Blackwell Creek

From the covered bridge, you have a choice of

Spring rains create rapids on Blackwell Creek

Spring rains create rapids on Blackwell Creek

taking the John Williams Trail which leads to the Equestrian neighborhood, or the Covered Bridge Trail, that joins with the Blackwell Creek Trail. If you don’t wish to retrace your steps, you may return on the Botanical Gardens Nature Trail, all of which are marked with color coding on the trees. 

Stay tuned for some of the other beautiful trails next time, and if you want a guide, please call us and we’ll show you the trails and all of the other wonderful amenities Big Canoe has to offer. Happy Trails!

Margo and Peter

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One Response to “Take A Springtime Walk On The Trails of Big Canoe”
  1. Jerri Trepke says:

    Excellent article and photos. You’re a great writer. It makes one want to go and do it right now. I did love that trail. We did it all and felt it the next day. The very old log cabin down at the end of the start of the Botanical Gardens trail was so beautiful that I decided to keep it secret so I can go in the heat of summer and just enjoy it alone. What a fantastic little treasure area. My friend, Virginia, knew the people, or her dad did, that donated the cabin. We did get lost and so we saw the boy scout meeting house etc. and were walking in some unmarked areas. The markings weren’t that good. That was in the dead of winter however, with an over abundance of leaves. That area just past where you go under the covered bridge was beautiful and very well marked. It seemed very popular even though it was cold weather. I’m so proud that Big Canoe has all these great hiking areas where one can take guest that just have to keep busy. The trails are the biggest plus for Joe and me.

    Jerri Trepke

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