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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Holiday Walk on the Greenway

The Hawksbill Greenway in Luray has become a favorite destination for us on some weekends. It is a scenic little 4-mile walk if you do the whole thing, taking in the creek, the town, and even a little set-aside cow pasture.

It's rare enough to find a resource like this in a more populated area, and to think that there was enough support in a small town like Luray to put together the proposals and funding - well that's saying something. And we've never been on the path when we didn't encounter a lot of other folks out enjoying a walk.

Since we'd taken a walk around the Hawksbill Cabin neighborhood, we knew that the combination of melting snow and rain had Beaver Run flowing high - there were a couple of posts about this in the last few days.

Once the water leaves our little creek, it joins Hawksbill Creek over by Jordan Hollow Inn. From there it flows along US 340 to Luray, a couple of additional creeks adding to the flow - including Upper Hawksbill Creek. So there is the possibility that it would have a lot of water by the time it gets to town, and indeed it did this weekend.

We took the walk twice, each time enjoying a close up view of the surging flows. True to form, we passed many neighbors out for a walk, and a couple of folks out fishing (but not catching anything). There were new bikes (with training wheels) getting try outs. It was a good time.

These photos highlight the water flow in Hawksbill Creek over the weekend. For comparison, there is a recent early December post with additional photos of the creek - it was high water then, but not like this - and you can find it at this link: http://hawksbillcabin.blogspot.com/2009/12/hawksbill-greenway.html

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