Added by Elyse Clark
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.
- Hiking boots
- Sun protection
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