Hiking Maryland & Delaware
by David Edwin Lillard (Falcon Guides)
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Group hike, late morning, 85 degrees, overcast, hazy, and humid.
-This short hike was disappointing to me. The trails around DCL State Park were well-maintained and easy going; not a difficult trail for anyone in some semlance of fitness (the trek up did give troubles to the "hefty" folks in our group.) The abandoned mine had only a small sign summarizing the history of the mine- interesting only in passing. The mine itself is collapsed and cannot be seen into more than 15-20 feet from the entrance, which is fenced off and locked. The "stunning view" is pure bunk- the overlook was overgrown save for a small window onto the lake. Even in winter, the growth would spoil the view. The fire tower is locked off with a chain link fence and barbed wire- bummer. The fire tower trail is very steep- be careful when using it to descend. My recommendation is to bring a kayak and explore the lake instead.
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