Get up early and join acclaimed photographer Mike Martin and Dave Muller for a photo shoot at Lake Leatherwood. We will meet at the front doors of the conference center to carpool the three miles down highway 63 to the park. It is a short walk through grassy fields to the permanent bird blind at the lakes headwater marsh.
Spring-fed Lake Leatherwood is defined by one of the largest hand-cut limestone dams in the nation. This 85-acre lake with over three miles of shoreline is the center attraction for Lake Leatherwood Park, a 1,600-plus-acre municipal park constructed during the 1940s. About 15 miles of trails offer some of the best hiking and mountain biking around. The park is also popular for swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking, historic stone walls and bridges, unusual rock formations and the beauty of nature. The park is home to a diverse population of water foul and other birds, including heron, geese, bald eagles and wild turkey.
We will leave at 5:30 am in the early twilight to ensure we arrive at the lake and hike to the blind prior to the 6:05 a.m. sunrise. Free with MAPSym registration.