23 May Lick Fork Lake Trail (Sumter National Forest)
TRAILHEAD: 33.72630, -82.03950
LENGTH: 1.8 mile loop
Framed by azaleas in bloom, Lick Fork Lake sparkles with beauty. Trapped between steep hills, it’s a place for families to picnic, anglers to cast a line, and Canadian geese to raise their young. Turtles find sunny spots to warm themselves. And hikers find Lick Fork Trail, a 1.8-mile loop, reminiscent of a walk at higher elevations. Along the footpath, wildflowers delight. Dwarf cinquefoil paints yellow dots across the forest floor, and rain lilies cluster along rocky ledges.