New Boardwalk Section Added in June

Near the southern end of the property, adjacent to Pisgah National Forest and just beyond our pond, lies a half acre of wetlands, or as they call it in the mountains, a high elevation bog.

This area is where the feeder stream babbles in to the property from the forest. It’s a home and playground to a lot of birds, including Northern Cardinals, Eastern Bluebirds, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Eastern Phoebes, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Carolina Wrens, and a variety of warblers, as well as bullfrogs, wood frogs and spring peepers, dragonflies and damselflies… all kinds of wonderful woodland wildlife.

Small brown bird holding an insect in its beak while sitting on a branch over a pond

One of our regular residents, the Eastern Phoebe

Ebony Jewelwing damselfly on big leaves

Ebony Jewelwing damselfly – photo taken by our guest Bill Campbell

Our wetlands is also accessible to guests who like to explore the outdoors, with 1,000 linear feet of boardwalk meandering through it, leading to observation and seating areas, outdoor artwork, and a lot of beautiful nature. We’ve tried to keep it as natural as possible, so very minimal maintenance and no landscaping out here.

Boardwalk twisting through shrubs and grasses

A portion of the boardwalk in early spring

View across a forest pond with the Inn on Mill Creek in the distance

Looking across the pond from the boardwalk in late fall

Innkeeper Dave was the sole designer and builder of the Inn on Mill Creek B&B Boardwalk, which he is very modest about and won’t mention it himself (but he’s not writing this blog so we can embarrass him with kudos). 

He just finished up the newest section of the boardwalk, which leads off a main walkway to a very large platform on the edge of the wetlands, with tables and chairs and plenty of space. Enjoy this short tour and check it out the next time you’re staying with us!

Looking up a ridge at tall sunlit trees and plants

The view of Pisgah National Forest from the new boardwalk seating area

 

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