Oscar Blevins Loop Trail
ElevationAscent: 162' 49 m
Descent: -306' -93 m
High: 1,635' 498 m
Low: 1,432' 436 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)
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“A short, easy, family-friendly stroll through mixed forest with historical buildings, rock houses, and a waterfall.”— Mike Plaster
Taking the Blevins Trail you'll parallel the road for a short distance before dropping into a more secluded mixed hardwood/pine/hemlock forest. The damage from the Woolly Adelgid, and probably some from the Pine Bark Beetle, is ever present on this trail. Some very grand old trees have been absolutely destroyed and are in an advanced process of decay. Many young trees have sprung up in their place and are competing for the light let through the canopy by the hole left from these massive trees' demise. In fact, the loss of these trees has opened up this area of woodland to a much greater variety of life than would have been present before. Large stretches of a huge variety of moss, a potpourri of saplings and scrub, and the few survivors of the infestations are situated side by side repeatedly. There are also stretches of deeply shaded, seemingly unaffected woodland.
The trail emerges from the forest and terminates at the Blevins homestead. Rolling pasture, log buildings, horses, fence rows, and a 1950's Cumberland style house give you a greatly contrasted view as you emerge from the woods. To make a loop from this point simply go left and follow the signs to the campground. There you'll find rock houses and waterfalls, the signature sights for this area, that we're missing from the Blevins Trail.
If high adventure or jaw dropping views are what you are looking for this is not the trail you should choose. If, however, you want a very friendly trail, gentle run, or find interest in the understated beauty of a forest in renewal; this is a nice choice.
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