A few weeks ago I was telling the story of some of the trail names, and wondering where these names came from.
We left off at Short Run Road and, if you’ve ever traveled this road, you know that it’s really not a “short run.” It runs from near Carter Camp all the way down to Cross Fork Creek Road. It is a nice drive however. The predominant landmark in this area is Custer’s Last Stand, a seasonal/hunting camp.
As you come out onto Short Run Road, you hike past this camp, and just before the bridge over Cross Fork Creek, turn left onto Frazier Farm Trail.
One would have to guess that a person named Frazier had a farm in this area. Actually from what I’ve heard and read, this whole area was really built up at one time, I suppose in the logging days.
The trail follows the stream for about half-mile, until you come to a log bridge which we put in a few years ago. That was quite a task; we used a large cherry log which was upstream a short distance. We leveled the top of the log, then dragged it into the stream, and floated and dragged it into position.
While doing this, one of the wives along crawled out on the log to secure the cable, and I jokingly asked the husband if she was going to be OK (the water was only a couple feet deep). He said sure, she’s SCUBA certified; turns out they both are.
This was our second log bridge for the day. A couple hundred yards down the trail, we had earlier dragged a log across Little Lyman Run, a tributary. We said after doing these two, one bridge a day will be enough from now on.
After crossing the lower bridge, you turn left on an old road which leads to a suspension bridge, put in I believe nearly 20 years ago. This one spans Cross Fork Creek and then heads down an old railroad grade.
Arriving at Yochum Run, you’ll see where the old grade has been washed away. You need to depart to the left and look for a log bridge across Yochum Run a few yards upstream. You then hike around to the right and rejoin the old grade.
A little farther along you’ll pass a rock facing with some carvings on it. I can’t say just what they are, maybe names, dates, etc. At some point, the trail names change from Frazier Farm to Cherry Run; someday we should figure out exactly where this occurs.
Anyway, the trail curves around the hill and heads up Cherry Run. This name could have come from cherry trees in the area, the kind for logs, not the kind you eat.
But then cherry trees are very common throughout the county, so most any hollow could be called Cherry Run.
This will be the first climb on the trail since Cardiac Climb way back at Mile-12, and you are now around Mile-21, so that’s around nine miles of fairly level hiking. At the top of Cherry Run, you’ll arrive at Hungry Hollow Road. It’s not hard to visualize hungry families living somewhere along this road back in the day.
Turning right on this road, you hike about a quarter-mile and the STS departs the road to head about three miles down to Ole Bull State Park.
Sometime we’ll take up our trek at this park, possibly one of the nicest state parks you’ll ever visit.
Our annual Camporee will be held there Aug. 6-9, with our meeting on Saturday at 5 p.m. at the main pavilion. This would be a good time to visit the park, stop by our campsites (you’ll see our tool-trailer, our “traveling billboard”) say hello and check out our club and trail.