McConnell Springs

Nestled in the industrial side of Lexington is the 26-acre McConnell Springs. This oasis has been celebrated by locals and is definitely worthy of the praise. A beautiful pocket of woods and walking trails, along with some educational material, McConnell Springs is a nice break without driving far from the city center.

We got here about 9:30 in the morning on a Sunday. We were the first to arrive but while we were getting out of the car, another two vehicles showed up. I am writing this then as it relates to a pretty quiet morning at the Springs. I assume that other times of the day and week this place is much more busy.

There is a visitor’s center with, what I assume, a lot of educational opportunities. Hours are Monday – Saturday 9-5, Sunday 1-5. Trails are open from dawn to dusk.

A little history
A little history
"Taking Flight". Sorry about the camera angle and the sun.
“Taking Flight”. Sorry about the camera angle and the sun.

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Paved path
Paved path
Bugville, where there are lots of places for bugs to find a new home, raise a family, and possibly retire.
Bugville, where there are lots of places for bugs to find a new home, raise a family, and possibly retire.
Bridge path
Bridge path
And if the bugs want to move away from the kids, there's always "Insect Paradise"
And if the bugs want to move away from the kids, there’s always “Insect Paradise”
Gravel path
Gravel path
There is a path leading down to this bench. From this angle though I was quite confused.
There is a path leading down to this bench. From this angle though I was quite confused.
Train bridge that separates McConnell Springs from the Cardinal Valley neighborhood.
Train bridge that separates McConnell Springs from the Cardinal Valley neighborhood.
Path leading down to the Final Sink.
Path leading down to the Final Sink.

Stone seating in the amphitheater.
Stone seating in the amphitheater.
Bring your picnic with you!
Bring your picnic with you!

You’ve gotten to the bottom of this post and I know what you’re thinking: Where are the pictures of the Final Sink?!! I mentioned the other car that pulled up after us before… well they walk faster than I do and decided to have a portrait session while standing where the water flows back underground. While they were an attractive group, I didn’t want to post their pictures without their permission, and I don’t speak Italian.

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