The rolling hills of the Warren County Rail Trail are just as gnarly as riding the nearby rollercoaster at the Great Escape Six Flags theme park. Well, it can be if you don’t let the colorful history of the 15 mile bike path stop you in your tracks.
With so many interpretive signs it’s easy to resist gravity and willingly read about the many military battles and engagements fought in the area. With Independence Day looming, it felt right to slow the adventure down for a brush-up on what we remember of the French and Indian War (Seven Years’ War) and American Revolutionary War.
To begin, George and I paid and parked at the Million Dollar Beach parking lot in Lake George. The trail begins right behind it – plus a good drenching following the ride makes for a nice incentive.
Unlike other Rail Trails this one is nearly completely shaded. An awning of full-growth pines and balsam firs canopy the north-to-south serpentine ribbon. Occasionally, soft aromatic pine needles spiral down from above landing on you and carpeting your tire tracks.
Lurking in the woods is what others might consider nostalgic but I found a wee bit creepy: The Magic Forest. A cluster of aging statue relics litter the sparse parking lot.
After a few more twists and turns, we come to the end of the paved section. We can hear the hoots and hollers from guests enjoying the Great Escape. Rather than bike towards the commotion, we follow Birdsall Rd to the dead end. We envy the lucky homeowners with waterfront access to beautiful Glen Lake.
Speaking of lucky, should you find yourself near Glen Lake, take a timeout for lunch or dinner at the Docksider restaurant. If owner Christine takes this much pride in maintaining the petunias that surround the quaint location, can you imagine how tasty the food must be?