Berry College has a campus of 30,000 acres - the largest in the world. It was Martha's Berry dream to create a good school for mountain children, and it started way back in 1902. 20 years later, the grateful students of Marta's school built her a resort house on the summit of Lavender Mountain. While she would rarely spend the night in the house, she would often invite guests to the house and spend days with them together. From the house, you have good views of the Oostanaula River Valley, as well as some views of Berry College's campus. Below the mountain, the Old Mill is a historical attraction that attracts many people on good days. The Longleaf Trail goes through an experimental longleaf pine forest - controlled burns along that trail open up various views. This hike occurred on Saturday, December 13th, 2014. My plan was to park at the Old Mill, then go down the gravel road to Longleaf Trail. Next, I planned to hike the steep Longleaf Trail to the House O' Dreams Loop. My plan was to turn right and follow first the old forest road, then the gravel road, to the House O' Dreams. From there, I would follow the Hike/Bike Trail over Lavender Mountain back to the old forest road, and turn left to go back to Longleaf Trail and close the loop.
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