Before the lake, Sugarloaf Island was known as Sugarloaf Mountain. The lake has isolated the mountain and the wildlife on it. There are no snakes or vermin. But birds and flowers are everywhere you look. It is totally different from the shore. Even the shore around the island itself. It is its own little ecosystem. The day I was there I had the entire island to myself. It was magical. Sugarloaf Island is located near Fairfield Bay Marina in the upper portion of Greer's Ferry. It has a prepared trail to follow, but no facilities. Sugarloaf Island is only accessible by boat. There is a dock on the back side of the island for public use. The trial runs straight up from there, and has occasional rest stops with benches. You can take the trial right or left, as it runs completely around the base of the peak. Getting to the top is mildly strenuous, but worth the effort. The trail runs for over half a mile along the top. Along the way there is forest, meadow, and great views around every bend. When you go, be sure to pack a lunch. The northeast end of the summit has a nice sunny rock ledge that is a perfect spot for a picnic. And the stunning panoramic view is no extra charge.
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