Park Mid-section - Burkett Park to Cougar Overlook Figure 8
By MikeHikes on 9/22/2022
Distance: 10.60 Miles Duration: 5 hours, 15 minutes
Leg 1 - Burkett park > WS to LL Connector > Rollercoaster > West Potts Creek > Turkey Creek > 5 Points Junction > River Bend Trail > service road (NE) > Cougar Overlook 5.6 miles
Leg 2 - Cougar Overlook > Flintstone Trail > 5 Points Junction > Flintstone (S) > Playground > Bell's Point > Playground (S) > Potts Creek > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park 5.0 miles
Temp started at 66, ended at 82. Sunny, no clouds with a light 5mph SSW breeze.
All trails were dry, easy to see and traverse. LOTS and LOTS of spider silk all over the trails! I saw a dozen deer while driving in, a single cottontail rabbit, a javelina on Rollercoaster Trail and a Loggerhead Shrike on West Potts Creek trail. Otherwise there were very few birds out with the exception of a young Mockingbird (photo attached) who landed on a branch near me and allowed me to take his photograph before he departed.
Some purple thistle is coming out and I noticed a large number of grasshoppers were jumping around. Otherwise, it was a quiet and peaceful hike.
Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at Burkett Park.
Water, shade and info kiosk available at 5 Points Junction.
Shade, info kiosk and a bicycle repair station available at Cougar Overlook.
Water, shade and info kiosk available at Bell's Point.