Walking through a boulder is one of the things you can only do on a hike.
It’s also the reason I often bring my kids’ friends to Fall Creek Falls, especially if they’ve never hiked before.
The trail is narrow, and not far from the trailhead the trail leads through the crevice in a large boulder. It gets pretty dark in there on overcast days, but this time we were lucky and had some sunshine overhead.
We also didn’t bring any friends along this time, so the hike went a little quicker and we didn’t have to coax anybody into walking narrow ledges, going into a rock, and walking under a tree and next to boulders.
The creek itself was nearly dry. The last time we visited, nearly a year ago, there was rushing water so close to the trail, we had to jump over small streams at times.
But this time there was so little water and fallen trees were clogging parts of the creek, ready to reroute the water once it started flowing again.
Fall Creek Falls is one of those trails where you see something different every time. Not just the leaves change color, but the flow of the water changes, and rocks and trees fall and forever change the trail and the nature surrounding it.
Because we had some time, we opted to go on Job’s Garden Trail as well. The trail starts about a half mile into the Fall Creek Falls Trail and leads to a rock outcropping.
It’s a short trail with a few steps, mostly overgrown by ferns. But at the end of the short trek, massive boulders and a basaltic, columnar rock stand as great examples of geological warping.
It didn’t seem safe to go on the rocks, and we went back down to the main trail and followed it to Fall Creek Falls.
There are two tiers to the waterfall, 35 and 50 feet in length. Due to the low water level, the pool at the bottom of the waterfall got us so close to the falls that the mist enveloped us.
A bench near the bottom of the waterfall stood far to the side this time, although last time it had been under water, and we rested before we hiked up to the next tier of the waterfall.
Hairpin turns made the uphill hike seem a little less steep.
Another bench was near the end of the second tier, but because of the incline it was very hard to sit on this bench without sliding off.
The top tier of the waterfall rushed over the rocks, where the bottom tier plunged into the pool below.
We went all the way to the top of the waterfall, but its vantage point showed very little. Next time, we’ll stop our hike at the bottom of the second tier.
All-in-all a great day to see the ever-changing nature around us and get in two hikes at the same time.