A few Sundays ago a few hardy souls snowshoed to the Independence River scenic overlook on the Elbow Trail of the Otter Creek Trail System (located on the Independence River Wild Forest and the Independence River and Otter Creek State Forests).
To reach the overlook, we parked along the road at the Bailey Road Snowplow Turn-around. The trail continues down the road, which had been packed recently by some snow sleds. We turned north onto the Old #4 Trail for a short distance and then took the Elbow Trail. We were breaking trail but did not find the task strenuous and the scenery was stellar.
This year the Independence River is frozen over where as last year at this time the river was open. The trail follows the river for a short distance before veering away and wandering through some pines. Finally, the trail re-joins Bailey Road for the return to the snowplow turn-around. The entire trek took a leisurely two hours. » Continue Reading.