Well, my visit to Perryville last weekend was another great journey to my favorite Civil War battlefield. I was able to stick with part of my plan, which was to gps the entire trail system there. However, I did not take the time to stop and read from Noe's book along the way...it was a bright sunny day and the temps hit the mid 80s, so not ideal conditions for plopping down and reading sections of his book. But, I did conquer the ten miles of hiking trails and took some snaps of the newly interpreted areas, which I will post over the next day or two. Great times as always.
I am happy to announce that I will be leading a hike at Perryville on April 23rd, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., covering five to six miles of trails. I will be inviting hikers from Lexington and Louisville to join in, and hoping to have the park announce this event on their website. The event is open to all who like history and/or hiking. My plan will be to cover the opening attacks, both along the Open Knob and Starkweather Hill areas, as well as Loomis's Heights. My goal will be to lead two hikes at Perryville each year, to get more folks out hiking as well as to promote more visitors to the battlefield. The battlefield keeps growing, now 745 acres have been saved, and considering they were at 98 acres not so many years ago, this is an amazing feat. The battlefield looks very much like it did that October day in 1862, so it is well worth the visit.