Half a day's hike to an observation deck overlooking beautiful Lower Whitewater Falls and a walk through a virgin forest area alongside the Whitewater River. This area teems with wildlife. Raccoons and beavers are in evidence along the water, and feral hogs, bobcats, white-tailed deer, and black bears inhabit the forest.
The sounds of warblers, tanagers, vireos and flycatchers filter down from overhead, and woodpeckers thrive here. After the fourth bridge you enter the Coon Branch Natural Area, a 20- acre grove at the end of the trail. It is a treasure of never-felled timber, a glimpse of what this area looked like centuries ago before the arrival of Europeans. The largest Fraser magnolia in the state grows here, 6 feet around and 86 feet tall. Giant tulip poplars, hemlocks, and chestnut oaks abound. The trail moves through the grove and over one last bridge before ending.
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