freshwater Black River briskly cuts its way
through rocky Hacklebarney State Park, cascading
around boulders in the hemlock-lined ravine.
Two tributaries, Rinehart and Trout Brooks,
also course their way through this glacial
valley, feeding the Black River. Even in the
heat of midsummer, the temperature of Black
River gorge is cool and refreshing.
Today Hacklebarney is a favorite place for
avid anglers, hikers and picnickers, yet
in the 19th century the park was a mined
iron ore site. The gushing river against
the grey boulders and dark green hemlocks
creates a majestic beauty in any season.
Three rare and endangered plant species
exist within the park: American ginseng,
leatherwood and Virginia pennywort. Over
a hundred bird species and wildlife such
as black bear, woodchuck, deer and fox live
in the park.
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