I know this column is called Get Out, but after visiting Boone’s Cave Park, I’d stay in — or at least bring a gallon of mosquito repellent. I intended to hike a number of trails at the 110-acre park, but after a short stint to the park’s namesake, Boone’s Cave, I had to call it quits. I have hiked across North Carolina, and extensively outside of the state, but I have never experienced as many mosquitos in so short a time as I did at Boone’s Cave Park.
I should have planned better, accounted for all of the recent rain and the lower elevations of the park along the Yadkin River.
That being said, even for my short visit, the park is picturesque and Boone’s Cave is a unique experience among area parks.
And cooler, dryer weather will most likely take care of the pest problem.
The cave is fairly shallow, requiring you move around in a squatting position. Crawling over the rocks and looking back through the entrance, it’s easy to imagine the history of settlers and natives.
Local lore holds that Daniel Boone’s family immigrated to the area in the 1750s, staying in the cave while cabins were built.
The park was created in 1909, when the N.C. General Assembly incorporated the Daniel Boone Memorial Association. The park was originally 5 acres, and increased to more than 100 in 1970 when the association transferred the land to the state and it became a state park.
The park includes 6 miles of hiking trails, camping and fishing. A trail for people who want to take their canoes and kayaks to the Yadkin River was added in 2008.