Off the Beaten Path—Jasper Forest
Get off the road; get off the paved trail! See something new and interesting!
If you want to take a nice stroll through an incredible garden of petrified wood, consider walking 2.5 miles round trip along the old 1930's road into Jasper Forest-what was originally called First Forest because it was the first collection of petrified wood encountered by train passengers travelling by wagon from the Adamana station one hundred years ago. The road was added for car traffic later. The road is mostly eroded away now but if you look carefully, you can still follow it in most places.Below are a map and coordinates you can follow if you have a GPS.
Please park in the Jasper Forest parking lot instead of parking along the side of the road. Please also respect the visitors who follow you and leave all petrified wood and stone masonry in place. This walk, although not difficult or steep, does require sturdy shoes. The footing can be difficult at any time-the walk should not be attempted in wet conditions. Please take normal hiking precautions and bring food and water, sun protection, and navigation aids. Pack out whatever you packed in.
Along the way you will see:
Would you like to see more images of Jasper Forest, including historic photographs and vintage postcards? Check out the gallery here!
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