Our check-in clerk was very friendly and helpful and gave us a senior discount. We stayed two nights at the Mt. Creek Lodge at the bottom of their gondola ride. If you have trouble walking or climbing stairs, I would not recommend the Mt. Creek Lodge. The ride down in the 4-person gondola was a thrilling way to start our visit. The lower part of the park had a small playground, volleyball net, swings, horseshoe pitching stakes, a restaurant, small gift shop, grill, picnic tables and benches overlooking the creek and lots of hiking trail options. They have a nice shallow, quiet creek area and a beach that would have been a great place for little ones to do some wading/swimming, had it not been for the "No Swimming" sign. There was a deep hole just after the rapids which seems to this non-fisherman like it would be a great place to work on your fly fishing technique. Our ground-floor room was well equipped with a large flat screen LG television, microwave, apartment refrigerator/freezer and a either on or off air conditioner (no adjustment) which quickly cooled the room. The firm bed was perfect for my wife but a little too firm for me. The next morning, we took a walk down beside the creek and took the left turn up the Farley Loop trail. The loop was classified as their "most rugged" trail and the climb up was a bit hard for a couple of seniors. We kept searching for the Raven Rock Overlook mentioned in the brochure. We enjoyed being on the loop during the raspberry season and had our fill of their deliciousness. We took a few wrong turns which turned their 3 mile trail into about 5 miles, but finally found the right path. We enjoyed the log cabin up at the top and even saw the Farley cemetery. However, the hardest part of the loop was yet to come. The path down from the cabin was VERY steep and slippery and quite a challenge. About a quarter of the way down, we finally located the overlook with cliffs on both sides. Had we started up that way, we probably would have turned back. We were beat and out of water after our 5 hour adventure and very happy to have cold drinks and a nice shower to climb into. That night, we were thrilled to see a deer enjoying crab apples a few yards beyond our balcony. It was a very enjoyable stay and would be happy to stay again.
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