by Janie & Wyatt Jones (Falcon Guides)
© 2004 Janie & Wyatt Jones/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
The waterfall is truly amazing. I have seen quite a few waterfalls, in the Smokeys, Niagra, and this one is truly one of the best that i have seen. I highly recommend doing this easy 2 mile round trip trail. There is a cave at the top of the waterfall that we went to, and if you go to the back of it (Bring a flash light) and crawl even farther back there is suppose to be a large cavern at the end with another waterfall. It was too slippery for our hard rubber hiking boots though, bring some slip resistant shoes if you plan on doing this.
This trail had some nice scenery, but was extremely crowded. If solitude is your goal, you might have better luck in the off season or in the middle of the week. Nice caves and rock formations.
This is probably the single most popular hiking spot in the Buffalo River drainage, and it has reason to be. The main trail is an extremely easy trail that leads through a fascinating and vivid example of the possibilities that result from a karst topography combined with lots of water. First stop is the natural bridge with a waterfall spilling from the center into a beautiful rock-lined pool. All visitors shoudl be required to cross the stream, walk the ledge and climb up the waterfall through the natural bridge. The rock is surprisingly grippy even in high flow, making it hard to justify skipping this all-important entrance into dramatic Lost Valley. If you visit Cobb Cave on a clear night, you'll see bats swooping through the giant room without the assistance of flashlights. Eden Falls is incredible but tends to run dry later in the season. It's also a must to negotiate the tight track through Eden Falls Cave, because you don't often get the opportunty to be on such a close and personal level with a 30-foot waterfall deep inside a cave. Stay to the right to hit this tunnel (don't crawl through the stream). For those who have to see more of this incredible place, hike UP the natural bridge. Shorter- take a right and have a bird's-eye view of the natural bridge and waterfall. Longer- go up a bit further for a rare view up the drainage with both caves and that incredible bluff in view. Longest- go to the top! Head to the right to see a three-tiered waterfall, head to the left along the top of the bluff to come around above Eden Falls, see the shelter in the middle of the falls, and come down near Eden Falls Cave. Every one of those side trips are increasingly difficult bushwhacks that I would recommend having a map for. And the trip to the very top of the cliff is a killer. If you intend to go that far, you may want to begin near Eden Falls Cave instead and loop DOWN the natural bridge.
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