Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Lake Leatherwood.

Well Bella's favorite swimming hole is along the river banks of Lake Leatherwood. Lake Leatherwood City Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, exhibits many different ways to enjoy the outdoors. The park has more than 20 miles of single-track nature trails, used by both hikers and mountain bikers. Mountain bikers especially love the unique challenges the trails hold with its rocky ledges, steep slopes, creek crossings and varied terrain. The very successful Fat Tire Festival is held annually at Lake Leatherwood. A review from the popular Mountain Biking website talks about Lake Leatherwood having "burly climbs and great technical down hills all around a beautiful lake." For guests who want to come to Lake Leatherwood for other outdoor recreation there is a lot to choose from. Shady picnic areas are provided, and the lake has a WPA-built diving platform, and swimming, camping, birding, and other watchable wildlife abound. There are also such amenities as canoe, paddleboat, and boat rentals. There is a ball field, a bathhouse, a marina, boat launch, a barbecue shelter house, a playground and an area for volleyball. Supper can be caught from the dock and then cooked over an open campfire at a nearby campsite. There are also some cabins available. Leatherwood Park is handicap

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