Hitchcock Woods’ nearly 2,000 acres is riddled with trails and fields, some of them named, some of them not and the woods’ caretakers have put up a number of wooden signs in various places. A few even with helpful suggestions.
Corley Pass - Took a walk in the western section of the woods today and walked along this trail. (5/30/16) Randy's Route - Is it a route taken by Randy? A route created by Randy? Or the way to Randy? Ask him for me if you see him before I do OK? (01/02/16) Black Gum Pond - Could be named for the dark water or the surrounding trees. (07/09/11) Swampy Cut - This sign is probably the oldest of the four along a short stretch of trail. One, it looks it age-wise and two, the other three say Swampy Cut Line... (11/08/09) Yucca Valley - Just like in the magnolia-less Valley of the Magnolias, there were zero yucca plants along this trail. (09/06/09) Tim's Crossing - Donna is on a mission and it seems like she doesn't want to wait for me to take a picture. (07/05/09) No Motor Vehicles Allowed - This one is pretty self explanatory. (07/24/09) Jump At Your Own Risk II - Posted at the other entrance to Crawford Fences where the kindly caretakers have placed stacks of large logs at intervals in a clearing for the horse riders to jump over. (06/27/09) Mr Fletcher's Ride - A very new sign, so new that the echos of the hammering could still be faintly heard. It was a gray day in the woods, so I amped up the look using a radiance filter and dialing up the saturation. (12/28/08) Lover's Lane - No explanation needed for this trail. (09/30/07) Harry's Hill - That's the trouble with Harry, he's always up hill. (11/23/08) Gail's Crossing - This is a new sign and as far as I can tell a new name because I don't remember ever seeing an old sign and it isn't listed on the map. (12/20/08) Foxes' Den - In all the time we spend walking in the woods we have never seen a fox. But that doesn't mean there aren't a ton of them in this very field. (11/23/08) Valley of the Magnolias - We followed this trail that we had never been on before today that runs from Doll Lane, across Crazy Creek, and up to 1977 Burn. The sign for Valley of the Magnolias trail is tacked to a big old pine tree and that is all we saw along the trail, pine trees, no magnolias at all. (09/17/06) Trail Closed To Horses - We just love the couple of trails in the woods so designated becaue it means that we don't have to dodge horse poop. (03/12/06) To South Boundary Avenue - Another "To" sign, this time to the road we used to get to the entrance today. (01/09/09) To Fox Field - The first picture I took of the day and as it turned out I started a mini theme. (01/03/09) To Dove Field - This is the last picture I took today as it was time to put the camera away, it had started to rain. (01/03/09) To Cuthbert Ridge Line - All three pictures I took were of signs that said "To" something. (01/03/09) Ridge Track - Ridge Track this way. --> (01/09/09) No Horses In Ring - This is a picture of a sign that says "No Horses In Ring" that is tacked onto a tree just outside the Horse Show Ring. So if you can't have horses in there, just how do you have a show? (01/09/09) Nimrod Lane - Named for the great Civil War General Beauregard Nimrod who died in 1864 while either defending Aiken from the vile northern aggressors or from friendly fire after berating the beloved company mess sergeant because he felt his grits were undercooked. (03/24/07) Low Country Ride - This trail got its name, I'm sure, from the prevalence of Spanish Moss along it. (12/20/08) Jump At Your Own Risk - Posted at the entrance to Crawford Fences where the kindly caretakers have placed stacks of large logs at intervals in a clearing for the horse riders to jump over. (03/09/08) Flicker Field - Named for the Colaptes campestris campestroides perhaps? (11/24/08) Clark Road Entrance - They recently added this gate and widened a previous narrow trail into something you can literally drive a truck through at our normal entrance. (12/28/08) Cavalry Charge - A short and very steep drop of a trail that leads to Crazy Creek. (12/20/08) Bebbington Springs - A new sign. We just crossed Crazy Creek, but I don't see and spring. (10/19/08) 1977 Burn - One of Donna and my favorite paths from our normal entrance point to deep into the woods. So named, I'm guessing, because it was the boundary of a much larger than usual underbrush burning in the year 1977. (01/07/06)