Red Creek is a name that occurs in different parts of the US. One such community exists in Tucker county of West Virginia. Located by the West Virginia route, this community area has an interesting history. It was previously known as Flanagan Hill, which was the name given to the region after the settler Ebenezer Flanagan. However, it was renamed as Red Creek by William Raines, who was the first postmaster of the region and he did not want the area to be known after the Flanagan family who was Republicans.
The area was thus named after the nearby creek that flowed through the area. The climate of the region was known to be mild with slight differences in temperature in the cold or the warm summer months and it rained adequately through the year. The climate here can be termed as a marine west coast climate. What is unique about this place are the extensive trails that exist here and run the course of the river. My friend who works at Steele Carpet Cleaning visited here last summer and hiked all of the trails with me. It was amazing. The Monongahela national forest located in West Virginia, as well as the theDolly Sods wilderness, are some distinctive natural landscapes that are known for the sweeping vistas that one can see along with wonderful meadows, rolling creeks, beaver dams, aspen and spruce groves and so forth. The trails also have loops that make certain hikes, interesting and challenging as well.
The Red Creek trail which is a popular name for this defined hike trail starts south of the Laneville cabin; it then veers east and goes through green, lush meadows as well as forest areas as it follows the meandering course of the Red Creek. The trail goes through an old railroad segment that was used by the timber industry in the yesteryears; there are streams to be crossed at such sections that often have strong undercurrents caused by snow melts or severe rains. The trail has several scenic and interesting parts. Once the difficult channel area is crossed one move on to the Little Stone coal trail which also follows a rail corridor that was built in olden times. As one moves to wide areas such as the Rocky point trail region, there are canyon views of the Breathed Mountain that are marvelous to behold.
For those who wish to follow a hiking trail spanning several days, they will find that the trail moves uphill for about four miles after it crosses the junction of Rocky Point trail. There are subalpine terrains and moss-covered areas to cross which are wildlife areas to catch sight of coyotes, black bears, and other wildlife. At the northern endpoint of the trail, one moves through the Breathed Mountains and finds the Blackbird Knob Trail which meanders through rocky terrain as well as spruce forest areas. The hiking trail is akin to a large loop and it re-emerges at the Laneville cabin from where it starts. Many people come here to hike the trail and they will find several accommodation facilities in the Canaan Valley, by Laneville road as well as by the forest route and at Dolly Sods wilderness area.
If you follow the Red Creek to be found in New York State you will end up in Seneca County. This county comprises a large area with a population around 35, 251. With its primary seat located in Waterloo, the county has several administrative centers as well. Its geographical uniqueness comes from Seneca Falls which is how the county derived its name, as well as the Rochester-Seneca-Batavia, falls.
The county was established around 1683 by the European settlers who came here. Located in the northern part of the state, it is a large area that the county encompasses. The area’s history is interesting which comprises of how George Washington led his troops in the Sullivan expedition as well as the Revolutionary War. During such times much of Seneca and Cayuga villages were destroyed. By the nineteenth century, the county area was reduced in size and part of its area was moved to Cayuga County. The county has several distinct areas such as the Finger Lakes region, areas surrounding the Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake. The Finger Lakes national forest lies in the southern part of the county. Another natural landmark here is the Sampson state park.
The Wayne County is another area by the Red Creek in New York State. Here there are villages to stop by at and check out the creek waters that flow by. The settlers in Wayne County came around 1811; the creek was named so due to the red color that it had. Some state that the iron ore deposits under its watery bed gave it the distinct shade; others say that tanneries located in the full region in the northern side led to red dyes being disposed of in the water which in turn colored the waters red.
It is also interesting to note the Red Creek Inn that was formed, incidentally by a local from the nearby area, in Henrietta that was in the nearby Rochester County. This in which went to become a restaurant and a nightclub gained much popularity in the eighties. However, today it cannot be found among the modern eateries and places in the same location where it used to be.
Red Creek is a name that can be found in different places of the world. One such place is by the Pascagoula River or its tributary that flows through the Mississippi state in the US. However, interestingly, it gains the name due to similar reasons that a creek was named in the state of New York. This creek has reddish waters which are colored by the tannins that are naturally occurring and located in the waterbed or under the bed of white sand. For its unique appearance, the Mississippi legislature named it State Scenic Stream.
Red Creek is known to originate in Lamar County and passes through areas like Jackson, George, Forrest and Pearl River counties. The Red Creek merges with the Black Creek in Jackson County and then it flows into the Pascagoula River. This creek also flows through De Soto national forest area and hence, there are several recreational activities and places to be found by the creek. For instance, there are float trips that you can undergo in Stone County by the creek’s course. One section is the clay shelves segment, which covers a distance of 9.7 miles between US Route 49 and Highway 26. The railroad trestle segment is a float trip that covers a total distance of 6.2 miles and lies between City Bridge and US route 49. The Red Bluff segment is the third float trip segment that extends 9.6 miles between Cable Bridge and City Bridge. The Natural Springs segment is the fourth segment of the float trip that covers a distance of 4.4 miles and extends between Mississippi highway 15 and Cable Bridge.
Besides the float trips that are popular in these segments you will find several camp areas by the creek waters, picnic areas as well as rest stops in the forest reserve areas. The waters of the creek are known for Diadromous fishes and other species of freshwaters for which there is much value here for sports fishing. The watershed area of Red Creek is rich in game species for which licensed hunting also occurs in the national forest area or the Red Creek wildlife management areas. As a result, these areas are known for cabins and other kinds of self-accommodation units to be found in and around the forest and wildlife reserve areas.
For those who are looking to visit the Red Creek area, it is a village located in Wayne County of the NY state. It has a mere population of five hundred or more and the village of Red Creek is often an off the way travel destination for many. It is located on the eastern side of Wolcott town with common boundaries shared with the adjacent towns like the Town of Victory or Town of Sterling.
The village saw early settlers here from 1811; its name changes to Red Creek later on, due to the creek that passed by the village; many believe that the creek got its name from the color of the water; it has a tainted red color due to the iron ore deposits that lie in the water bed. Local lore also says that, due to a tannery located at the falls at the northern side of the creek, the dye was disposed into a nearby pond that colored the falls and in turn, the creek’s water also acquired the red tint.
The village saw considerable growth in the 1850s, but a widespread fire destroyed much of the business around 1874. The area remains a rural settlement that many love to visit, as it is situated on New York State route 104A and close to Cayuga County.
Another interesting aspect is the Red Creek Inn that was formed in Henrietta, located in Rochester County nearby. This place grew to be much more than a passersby inn and gained the reputation of a popular restaurant and nightclub in the area. Known for the eclectic food and music that the restaurant had, it gained popularity due to the famous personalities who set foot in this place. Many bands played here such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Crosby, Muddy Waters, Roomful of Blues and others like Bob Dylan. Most performed here at a time when they had not become so popular or legends in their own right.
The owners introduced Mexican food here in the eighties and the Cajun cuisine they served along with exotic Caribbean dishes got the attention of many publishers who wrote reviews of the food served at this restaurant. The Red Creek opened in the early seventies by Jeff Springut who grew up in parts of Rochester. Today one might not find this eatery anymore on the busy Jefferson road which has modern entertainment and eatery venues to offer.