Hiking Shenandoah National Park
by Bert & Jane Gildart (Falcon Guides)
© 2016 Bert & Jane Gildart/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
One of my favorite day hikes in Shenandoah NP, with barely-perceptible elevation changes on a well-kept trail, great views, and a lovely picnic spot at the top.
After arriving at the first set of 30+ feet falls, I whipped out my tripod and camera and set to work capturing the abundant flow of water cascading over rock ledges on film. There’s something about seeing water rushing headlong over any obstacle, creating a white mist or film over rocks. After the first set of falls, I walked a few feet further, guessing another set would reveal themselves as the water disappeared into empty space before me. Sure enough, there was the second cascade. These falls equal 63 feet altogether but are broken into two sets.
Along the lower area of falls are rock ledges on the left hand side of the river, rising about 20 feet vertically. These “cliffs” are up on the bank some 80 feet above the river. Anyways, along a 100-foot length, small streams and drips of water fell over the edge, creating a long thin sporadic waterfall of sorts. This would only be observed during wet weather season. This shimmering tumble created a fairy tale setting for deep woods tales.
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