Hike to Fern Branch Falls

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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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Activities:

Photography, Hiking

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

700 Feet

Features:

Forest
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers

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Added by Elyse Clark

Explorer. Hiker. Photographer.

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