middle section of Glen Falls
I've been to Glen Falls several times now and never get tired of going back. Put this one on your 'must see' list.
Directions: Heading west on Hwy 64 in Highlands, take a left on Hwy 106, go about 1.7 miles and look for the sign to Glen Falls Scenic area on the left. The gravel road to the Falls (SR 1618) veers off immediately to the right after you take the left, so go slow. The road dead ends into the parking area. The trail is about 3/4 mile and not bad if your in OK shape. The falls in 3 sections - the upper is 70', then a 60' drop, then a 15 footer and the trail leads you to all 3 sections.
In a short distance from the parking area, the trail brings you to a nice view across the mountains. Continue down the trail and to a railing on the right for this view looking down the waterfall.
The trail then zig zags to the bottom of the top section of the waterfall (next photo).
If you didn't know any better you might think that this is it. But continue zig zagging down the trail for another 10-15 minutes or so and come out at the base of the middle section of Glen Falls. I think this is the prettiest part of the falls. The next shot is the view you'll have from the trail. In normal water flow, if you are very careful and don't mind getting your feet wet, you can wade and rock hop out across the creek in front of the falls. That's how I got the shot at the top of this page and the 2nd shot below.
This last photo is the bottom section of the falls, about a 15' drop. You can get to it by continuing down the trail past the middle section. I haven't been down that far in a couple of years, but might go back to see if the hurricane floods washed those logs out of the falls.
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