Hey Jason. The Dickenson Lake Trail was the Parks Gem until the Tornadoe hit there a few years back. Since then many of the local land owners have taken this opportunity to encrouch upon our state lands. That first front yards you came into, where the dogs where set free to harrass you, is where the first land owners have stolen state lands. When we go there in a larger group, we Hike directly across these lawns and backyards. people will sometimes come out and look, but as a group, they do nothing, because they know they are thieves.
Back up further, east of Catbird pond, the land stealing is enormous. People have literally cut down trees and planted grass to make it appear we are in their backyards. We are not. The Property line there is the Telephone poles that run behind these houses, running east to west. When you know this and actually see just how far many of these people have stolen our lands, it is overwhelming. The Park Rangers have been informed on this many times, but fail to do anything about it. We stand our ground when we Hike there, and tell anyone trying to harass us that they are encrouching on State lands and the fines are enormous when they will be prosecuted. Especially the residents who have cut trees and planted grass and bushes to make the property look like their own.
I have Hiked there for over 25 years and have seen all these changes take place slowly, until the big Torbadoe that destroyed alot of the forest back there. That is when the local residents decided it was their time to make OUR state lands, THEIRS. It is not their land. HM will continue to Hike this trail around Dickenson Lake. We will also continue to file complaints to the DNR and Park superviors, who both seem to not want to do anything about this. None the less, this is OUR State land and we will continue to use it.
The trail turns sharply west, just after you end up in the new front yards of some of the residents along the east side of the Lake, just as it turns to head along the southern side of the Lake. The locals continue to try and hide this route, but once on this section of trail, the rest is much easier to find and Hike.