90 Second Escape: A Peek into Spring on Falls Lake

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a fluorescent bulb.

Today’s 90-Second Escape: A Peek into Spring

I’ve been spending a lot of time of late on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail along Falls Lake. Two weeks ago, it was rainy. Last week it snowed. Yesterday, though, it was just right. Pre-spring conditions prevailed. After two days of rain, the sky was clear, the temperature wormed its way into the low 60s. Aside from a residual squish spot or two, it couldn’t have been a better day on the trail.

A number of you thought so as well. I sent Facebook posts from the trail, one of which — the boardwalk and bridge passage over Little Lick Creek —prompted several of you to ask where it was and how you could get there. Little Lick Creek joins sections 14 and 15 of the Falls Lake portion of the MST. One option is to park at the end of Santee Road, pick up Section 14 and hike west, over the bridge and continue on Section 15. Another option is to check out the map below and plan a trip of your own.

“This is my favorite part of the trail, right here, because of the views,” says Gregory Scott, the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail volunteer in charge of upkeep for Section 15. “The trail is enclosed, for the most part. It’s nice to be out in the open.”

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View Little Lick Creek bridge in a larger map

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