Placid Lake

Placid Lake

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On a map, Lake Wintergreen looks like a ballet shoe en pointe.

But a dance around its mile-and-a-half bank is anything but taut. An easy, somewhat removed main route accommodates walkers who want to avoid the low brush, spider webs, mud patches and rocky ramble of the more natural paths that tack inward toward the lake. Those too are relatively easy, though, and the rewards, including the peace that comes from joining towering evergreens and flowering mountain laurels along a gentle water’s edge, are exponentially greater.

Written and photographed by Dan Mims.

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