We should probably back up a bit and talk about Bottomless Lakes here just outside of Roswell. It is yet another state park that has a great deal of physical beauty. The lakes are small but sparkling clear.  

The streams feed protected wetlands as well as providing hunting grounds around the area. We had neighbors who did very well for themselves with duck hunting - we're not big hunters so not sure what other game there might be in the area.

There is some great hiking and geology for all levels at this park! I am a bit challenged when it comes to inclines, downhills, rocky surfaces, etc. The wetlands trail at Bottomless Lakes is an incredible find for anyone who is differently abled. A large, clean boardwalk meanders through the area with easy access for folks who need wheelchair or walker acess. Or if you're like me, you need to walk every day to stay healthy but are not ready for actual climbing. Highly recommended! Plus there are informational signs along the way describing the wildlife and resources of the area.

Another trail is the Ridge Trail which follows the rocky outcrops that overlook Lea Lake. Patrick hiked that one and reports that it is great for photography and a very good workout.

When all that hiking and nature watching is done, you may retire to the beach at Lea Lake. We were told the adobe style pavilion - complete with picnic tables and shade - is an old WPA building. It is quite lovely and a little spooky when empty. I can only imagine it is a hopping place in the hot months.bottomlesslakespavilion

Jaco had a wonderful time romping through the area off leash.   He made friends with this little one who chose to spend her last few days on earth with us - we were quite honored.

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There is a downside to Bottomless Lakes but I'm not sure if it is year round - that is the black flies. We have been told that the flies come from the industrial dairy farms in the area and when the wind switched direction we could smell what they were talking about. When I say black flies I don't want to minimize this in any way, shape or form. It was Amityville Horror, hundreds if not thousands of flies. We were not prepared for fly destruction so had no strips or chemicals to help (not that we like to use chemicals with the pug on board but that is how desperate the situation came to be). This may be seasonal, like I said, we don't really know yet. But if the flies were this bad in November, I hate to see how they are in the spring or summer.

My take is this - go for the hiking, the photography, the beautiful beach and pavilion, and for exploring Roswell. Lock the vehicles up tight and never open the windows. If you can avoid the flies, it really is a lovely place to settle in for a week or two.