Continuing on our journey from last week, we spent most of our time at High Falls State Park. This park is just over 1,000 acres (I doubt we saw more than a few acres in our time visiting). High Falls State Park is named for it's tumbling cascades on the Towaliga River. The park includes a lake just west of the dam, a road (bridge) over the river that runs through it separating the dam from the hiking trails along the river. Our first day, we hiked on north side of the river following along the water as it fell over the large granite boulders.
The second day, we hiked on the south side of the river and eventually came across the ruins of the hydroelectric power plant. Not much of this power plant still exists, time has left it as a brick structure with a lot of 'local art work' painted on the insides. The park signs indicate it was once a prosperous industrial town that consisted of several stores, a grist mill, cotton gin among other buildings.
Photo taken late morning (bright sunlight).
Later we returned about 2 hours before sunset and the lighting on this old power plant ruin looks very different.
In the 1880s is when the railroad started being built, and many towns fell from prosperity if the railroad bypassed the town. High Falls was one of those towns. Now, it's just a great place to go hiking, camping, fishing and other leisure activities.
We enjoyed our short get-a-way from Florida - but the temperatures were just as warm in this area of Georgia as they were here in Florida so we didn't get to enjoy cooler temperatures.
To view a few more photographs from this adventure, go to http://www.vpshoots.com/friedgreentomatoes
Until next week....