Parson's Mountain Professional Review and Guide
"A morning or afternoon walk up Parson's Mountain and around a lake. At 800 feet, Parson’s Mountain is not especially high, but it dominates its relatively flat surroundings and offers a commanding view from its summit. It also offers hikers a surprisingly spirited climb.
Gold was mined here during the Civil War, and the mine shafts are a highlight of the trail. Wading birds, including great blue heron, frequent the lake, and redheaded and other woodpeckers are common in the forest. The woods are rich in flowering plants, including wild ginger, hepatica, dogwood, cat brier (Smilax), sparkleberry, redbud, and rattlesnake plantain. Big beeches grow near the lake and watercourses, including one by the lake that still stands though the base of its trunk is split in half."