Green Fall Gorge & Hidden Lake

Posted By on September 21, 2015

Green Fall Gorge & Hidden Lake

5.3 miles; voluntown, ct

today was a day for noticing small things… asters, caterpillars, and acorns. and i got the now rare for me experience of hiking a new trail in my home area.

asters

asters

there were lots and lots of these white wood asters at the entrance to green fall gorge. they were everywhere.

the gorge

the gorge

and even though the green fall river is barely a trickle now, the gorge is still an awe-inspiring place. giant old hemlocks and great granite walls.

acorns

acorns

the ground is becoming littered with acorns now. this is going to be a good year for turkeys and deer.

Orangestriped Oakworm Moth Caterpillar, Anisota senatoria

Orangestriped Oakworm Moth Caterpillar, Anisota senatoria

this guy was quite oblivious to me and my camera. he’s the final instar of the orange striped oak worm moth. the adult version, the moths, have only rudimentary mouth parts and don’t eat at all. they’re all about the s-e-x.

boy scout's blue trail

boy scout’s blue trail

i wanted to visit the gorge today, now that the scouts have left the camp, but i wanted to get a little extra mileage, so i went to david brierley’s excellent set of trail maps for the area at his website, the story of the yawgoog trails. i saw that the boy scout’s blue trail continues east where the narragansett trail turns south to follow the state border, and ends at the white-blazed hidden lake trail, so i decided to give it a try. nice trail, and a nice change of pace.

trailhead, trail map.

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