We went back to Freak Creek a few weekends ago to hangout and paddle board this time 😀
There were quite a few people there when we showed up, kids and adults…all of which were super friendly. The area was a lot cleaner than before, no beer cans or empty beer cases laying around. There is no garbage way out there along the forest roads so if no one takes out what they bring in then it stays there which is a shame because this time around I saw how much of a “family friendly” spot this actually is. Whereas my first impression when we camped was that it wasn’t simply due to what trash had been left behind. There were kids on the rope swings having a blast and my son got interested in trying at one point so I helped him with one that is on the shallow side of the creek and he kept coming back wanting to go again lol. I was watching one of the boys there continuously try landing on the kayak from the swing and luckily he missed every time :’)
Kids are so wild, it can be admirable sometimes… i’ve never been on a rope swing, now that i’m an adult and analyze all the potential risks i’m nervous to try it. Not that i won’t try, i’m just nervous to. You only live once, right ? One of the families there had a kayak and let him play in it, of course he still loved the slide that’s there, and we took our paddle board out going down stream for a bit.
Going down the creek there is another landing, this is a designated dispersed camping location. This means there is no fee to camp as well as no amenities. There are three sites there from what I have read online, I didn’t want to leave my paddle board very long to go looking but from what I saw there’s plenty of room. Lots of fish down stream, I saw a sunken boat as well.. kind of creepy. I would have paddled farther if it weren’t for the mosquitos and the fallen/underwater trees. My 11 ft. board can be hard to maneuver with branches sticking out of the water and I try really hard to avoid them because my board is an inflatable. I’m thinking next time we will paddle upstream towards Alexander Springs Recreation Area to see how the water changes, hopefully see some turtles again.
The fire ban has been lifted ! yay 🙂 Someone started a fire while we were there in hopes that the smoke would help but there is very limited fire wood out there (if any) so if you plan on camping and wanting a good campfire bring your own firewood. Even after a shower I still smelt like campfire the next day lol. Again, there are no amenities which means no fire rings either. We made a fire our first night out but that’s because we needed light lol, I have a lantern and portable stove now so I’m not sure if i’d start one up.
Little man really loves this spot though and I want to go camping again before school starts back up so maybe after seeing how family friendly it is I won’t take this spot off our places to camp list.
….It is a real list.