I guess that with the rising water at the bog, the boardwalk has disappeared, but we enjoyed the walk on the woodland trail around the bog and watched an abundance of wildlife. Blue herons landed in the dead trees, ducks and geese swam in the open water and deer wandered the trail.
One of these days, we’ll hike Balsam Lake Mountain and check out the bogs that remain as they were thousands of years ago.
If you want to check out Emmons Bog, go to Southside Drive and turn up Swart Hollow Road. Once at the top of the mountain, turn left onto White Hill Road and continue for about a mile. The parking area is on the left and a sign marks the preserve. The trail is just a path through the deep grass but is easy to follow. The pond is down the hill just a short ways.
Rick Brockway writes a weekly outdoors column for The Daily Star. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.