Saturday was a nice day, so I took the fam out for a day trip to hike a trail at one of our favorite nearby places, Roaring River State Park. This may be the first time I have ever visited the park and not walked around the fish hatchery and beautiful blue spring. It’s also the first time I’ve ever hike the Eagles Nest Trail.
The Eagles Nest Trail is hidden down a short gravel road at the end of a campground in the south part of the park. The sign marked this trail as 2.75 miles but we tracked it at more like 3.75. The trail is pretty strenuous, gaining about 600′ of elevation to a high point on a ridge and looping back down.
The Eagles Nest trail is very strenuous and lacks any noteworthy destinations, like the Devils Kitchen, Fire Tower, or Deer Leap trails, which is probably why it is less known. However I enjoyed the steep bluffs and rock outcroppings and scenery along the way. It also felt good coming back down after having completed such a significant climb!