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In Search of
The Black Dog of Bungay
Rated easy to find but about a 2 mile round trip hike, half of which is uphill.
From the intersection of routes 6 and 97 in Hampton, go south on route 97, (Pudding Hill Road) 3 Ĺ miles. You will cross the Hampton, Scotland town line and come to the Rock Spring Wildlife Refuge on the left. There is a wooden sign and a small parking area along the side of route 97. If you come to The James Spignesi Wildlife Area, you just passed it. If you are coming from route 14 east in Scotland, take route 97 North 1.5 miles and the Rock Spring Wildlife Refuge is on the right. Going to the box is mostly downhill, which means coming back is almost all uphill. It is a hair over 1 mile to the letterbox. This is the same starting point as the Rock Springs Wildlife Refuge Letterboxes and the Tennessee State stamp letterbox. After parking, go on the one trail entering the refuge. You quickly come to a bulletin board on the left. There is a guest book there. Sign in if you wish. Just past the bulletin board take the trail going left. Same trail as the Tennessee State Stamp letterbox. Follow the white blazed trees and do not get off this trail until you come to a T. At this T, your trail is at a wide dirt road that runs north to south. Remember this spot. This is an important turn to return your car later. Unlike the Tennessee box, here you go south, right, and downhill. The trail marks become a white over red blaze. Pass the white over blue trail at 70 degrees. You will come to the four corners of white trail and white over red trails. Go on the white trail headed 190 degrees. Go through a stone wall. You will come to pass through another stone wall. Stop here. The stone wall runs east to west. Go east to the large tree. You canít miss it. It grew along the side of the wall but grew so wide, that it broke down the stone wall, knocking over the rocks. The tree measures over 14 feet in circumference near itís base. From this tree, take 6 steps along the walls north side. Search the base of the wall for a flat rock standing up, blocking a cavern in the wall that hides the In Search of The Black Dog of Bungay letterbox. Go back to the trail and go back to the parking area the way you came.
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