Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Lake Tomahawk, Black Mountain
Just a few blocks from the town of Black Mountain sits Lake Tomahawk Park with all sorts of recreational facilities and a level walkway around the lake covering .55 miles. The gazebo shelters you from the sun and presents a lovely view of the mountains and fountain at the far end of the lake. Come with me as we take a stroll around the lake.
This family is set up for fishing and seems to be having some luck. The small island near shore is a wildlife sanctuary and some birdhouses ring the island - for ducks I guess?
Geese, ducks and other water fowl meander the shores. Even two butterflies stop on the path to visit.
The tennis courts, playground and picnic area are all adjacent to the Senior Center next to the pool. It looks very inviting, especially the colorful waterfall off the giant umbrellas at the this end of pool.
A small garden and a community garden add lots of color to the path and the bed and breakfast beckons....a close by getaway perhaps, and overlooking this lovely spot too.
The water funnels out into a small creek at the far end with a bridge to cross over. Looking back we are seeing Mount Mitchell - at 6,684 feet above sea level, the highest point east of the Rockies in the US. Look for the highest peak in the first photo below. The range is called the Seven Sisters.
The Seven Sisters are a locally well-known, much-beloved range. The range is only about three and a half miles long, encompassing seven neatly ascending “sisters” leading to their “father,” Greybeard Mountain. You can see the seven peaks int he photo below.
The fountain is more in view here and so is the Senior/Activity Center. Trees shade the path on his side of the lake and offer a respite from the sun. Once back we cross over another creek and back to the parking lot. Lots of ducks and geese have take over this quiet spot and seem to enjoy themselves.
Hope you liked the stroll - you can count it as part of your workout today! We are playing Outdoor Wednesday and Watery Wednesday today so please visit them too.