Our Hiking Trails at Lake Holiday

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Written by Francis Coates

On April 5, 2019

OUR HIKING TRAILS – A Community Treasure

Among the treasures of our common area are the hiking trails. Many people find it refreshing to spend time close to nature, and in Lake Holiday this opportunity is abundant. Over the years, members of the Buildings & Grounds Committee have spent time working to maintain these treasured trails.

Recently, trail signs that are easier to see and read have been installed. This past winter, we saw many trees in Lake Holiday fall during the ice and wind storms. It will take time to get all of the trees cleared from our less traveled dirt roads that lead to the trails.

Folks are reminded to take care of these treasured common areas. Under our Common Area Rules found in PRP No. 2, “No open fires are allowed.” Yet during early spring walks, we have found evidence of campfires in some wooded back areas of the community. It is a common practice and courtesy of hikers in natural areas to leave no trace.  Yet fresh orange peels, aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles, and many pieces of broken glass have been found on and near our community trails. A community-wide cleanup is scheduled for April 27th, 2019, but let’s try each day to follow custom and leave no trace in our community areas.

Some early spring flora is here to enjoy and appreciate. Common in Virginia mountain areas, our community included, is the Eastern Redbud. This small tree can take years before it has any of its distinctive magenta blooms. Early spring wildflowers are already starting to emerge. Common blue violets are frequently found throughout our community. Also common are Bird’s Foot Violets with their palmately-parted leaves reminding one of a bird’s foot. From growing on the dirt roads near the back gate to the grassy areas along the disc golf course, April is the time to see the Bird’s Foot Violets around our Lake Holiday community.

Bird’s Foot Violet

Eastern Redbud

By: Frances Coates

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