Hike to a lesser visited, 40-ft waterfall while taking in the sites along Porters Creek.

Take Porters Creek Trail, a gravel road alongside Porters Creek. You will pass by an old farmstead and cemetery, as well as lots of wildflowers if you're out during the spring.

In a mile, keep left, then in another half mile or so you should cross over a small (and somewhat harrowing) footbridge. The 40-ft tall Fern Branch Falls is less crowded than other falls in the park, and has open access year-round.

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Sun protection
  • Camera
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RT Distance 4 Miles
Elevation Gain 700 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers

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